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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dress.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dress, frocknoun

    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

  2. attire, garb, dressnoun

    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

    "formal attire"; "battle dress"

  3. apparel, wearing apparel, dress, clothesadjective

    clothing in general

    "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"

  4. full-dress, dressadjective

    suitable for formal occasions

    "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes"

  5. dress, full-dressverb

    (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes

    "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony"

  6. dress, get dressedverb

    put on clothes

    "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"

  7. dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparelverb

    provide with clothes or put clothes on

    "Parents must feed and dress their child"

  8. dressverb

    put a finish on

    "dress the surface smooth"

  9. dress, dress upverb

    dress in a certain manner

    "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie"

  10. preen, primp, plume, dressverb

    dress or groom with elaborate care

    "She likes to dress when going to the opera"

  11. dress, dress outverb

    kill and prepare for market or consumption

    "dress a turkey"

  12. dress, line upverb

    arrange in ranks

    "dress troops"

  13. trim, garnish, dressverb

    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

  14. dress, decorateverb

    provide with decoration

    "dress the windows"

  15. dressverb

    put a dressing on

    "dress the salads"

  16. snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut backverb

    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

    "dress the plants in the garden"

  17. dressverb

    cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width

  18. dressverb

    convert into leather

    "dress the tanned skins"

  19. dressverb

    apply a bandage or medication to

    "dress the victim's wounds"

  20. dress, groom, curryverb

    give a neat appearance to

    "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses"

  21. dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffureverb

    arrange attractively

    "dress my hair for the wedding"


  1. dressnoun

    An item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which covers the upper part of the body as well as below the waist.

    Amy and Mary looked very pretty in their dresses.

  2. dressnoun

    Apparel, clothing.

    He came to the party in formal dress.

  3. dressnoun

    The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.

  4. dressverb

    To prepare oneself; to make ready.

  5. dressverb

    To adorn, ornament.

  6. dressverb

    To treat (a wound, or wounded person).

  7. dressverb

    To prepare (food) for cooking, especially by seasoning it.

  8. dressverb

    To fit out with the necessary clothing; to clothe, put clothes on (something or somebody).

    He was dressed in the latest fashions.

  9. dressverb

    To clothe oneself; to put on clothes.

  10. dressverb

    Of a man, to allow the genitals to fall to one side or other of the trousers.

    Does sir dress to the right or the left?

  11. dressverb

    To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dressnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Dresses laughed at in our forefathers wardrobes or pictures, when, by the circulation of time and vanity, they are brought about, we think becoming. Government of the Tongue.

    A robe obscene was o’er his shoulders thrown,
    A dress by fates and furies worn alone. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    Full dress creates dignity, augments consciousness, and keeps at distance an encroacher. Clarissa.

    The men of pleasure, dress, and gallantry. Alexander Pope.

  2. To DRESSverb

    Etymology: dresser, French.

    The first request
    He made, was, like his brothers to be dress’d;
    And, as his birth requir’d, above the rest. Dryden.

    Look upon pleasures not upon that side that is next the sun, or where they look beauteously; that is, as they come towards you to be enjoyed; for then they paint and smile, and dress themselves up in tinsel and glass gems and counterfeit imagery. Taylour.

    Few admir’d the native red and white,
    ’Till poets dress’d them up to charm the sight. John Dryden, Epistles.

    Lollia Paulina wore, in jewels only, when dressed out, about the value of three hundred twenty-two thousand nine hundred and sixteen pounds thirteen shillings and four pence. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Where was a fine room in the middle of the house, handsomely dressed up, for the commissioners to fit in. Edward Hyde.

    Skill is used in dressing up power with all the splendour absoluteness can add to it. John Locke.

    The mind loses its natural relish of real truth, and is reconciled insensibly to any thing that can be dressed up, into any feint appearance of it. John Locke.

    In time of my sickness another chirurgeon dressed her. Richard Wiseman.

    Our infirmities are so many, that we are forced to dress and tend horses and asses, that they may help our needs. Taylor.

    Three hundred horses, in high stables fed,
    Stood ready, shining all, and smoothly dress’d. John Dryden, Æn.

    Adam! well may we labour still to dress
    This garden; still to tend plant, herb, and flow’r,

    In Orkney they dress their leather with roots of tormentil, instead of bark. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense. Ex. xxx.

    When you dress your young hops, cut away roots or sprigs. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Thus the voluptuous youth, bred up to dress
    For his fat grandsire some delicious mess,
    In feeding high his tutor will surpass,
    An heir apparent of the gourmand race. John Dryden.


  1. dress

    Dress is the debut single by English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey from her debut album Dry. Released in 1991, two promotional music videos were also recorded.


  1. dress

    A dress is a one-piece garment typically worn by women and girls, consisting of a fitted bodice and a flowing or voluminous skirt that usually extends from the waist to varying lengths, such as knee-length, mid-calf, or ankle-length. Dresses are typically worn for formal or semi-formal occasions but can also be worn casually. They come in various styles, fabrics, colors, and designs to cater to different fashion preferences and trends.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dressverb

    to direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order

  2. Dressverb

    to arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks

  3. Dressverb

    to treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part

  4. Dressverb

    to adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: (a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready; as, to dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden; to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them

  5. Dressverb

    to cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish

  6. Dressverb

    to put in proper condition by appareling, as the body; to put clothes upon; to apparel; to invest with garments or rich decorations; to clothe; to deck

  7. Dressverb

    to break and train for use, as a horse or other animal

  8. Dressverb

    to arrange one's self in due position in a line of soldiers; -- the word of command to form alignment in ranks; as, Right, dress!

  9. Dressverb

    to clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly

  10. Dressnoun

    that which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel

  11. Dressnoun

    a lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress

  12. Dressnoun

    attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it

  13. Dressnoun

    the system of furrows on the face of a millstone


  1. Dress

    Dress is the 1991 single by PJ Harvey.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dress

    dres, v.t. to put straight or in order, as troops: to put clothes upon: to prepare: to cook: to trim: to deck: to cleanse a sore: to manure.—v.i. to come into line: to put on clothes:—pa.t. and pa.p. dressed or drest.—n. the covering or ornament of the body: a lady's gown: style of dress.—ns. Dress′-cir′cle, part of a theatre (usually the first gallery) set apart for people in evening dress; Dress′-coat, a fine black coat with narrow or cut-away skirts, worn when in full dress; Dress′er, one who dresses: a medical student who dresses wounds: a table on which meat is dressed or prepared for use: a kind of kitchen sideboard with rows of shelves for plates, dishes, &c.—n.pl. Dress′-goods, cloths for making women's and children's gowns, frocks, &c.—ns. Dress′ing, dress or clothes: manure given to land: matter used to give stiffness and gloss to cloth: the sauce, &c., used in preparing a dish for the table, stuffing, &c.: the bandage, &c., applied to a sore: an ornamental moulding: a thrashing; Dress′ing-case, a case of toilet requisites used in dressing one's self: Dress′ing-gown, a loose garment used in dressing, or in deshabille; Dress′ing-jack′et, Dress′ing-sack, a jacket worn by women in dressing: Dress′ing-room; Dress′ing-tā′ble; Dress′maker, a person who makes gowns or dresses for women.—adj. Dress′y, fond of dress.—Evening dress, Full dress, the costume prescribed by fashion for evening receptions, dinners, balls, &c. [O. Fr. dresser, to prepare—L. dirigĕre, directum, to direct.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dress

    A word of command for alignment of troops; also of the alignment itself.

Editors Contribution

  1. dress

    A type of clothing created and designed in various colors, materials, fabric, shapes, clothing sizes and styles.

    We bought the wedding dress well before the wedding day.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DRESS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dress is ranked #31554 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dress surname appeared 733 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dress.

    93.1% or 683 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.3% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2525

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2424

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dress' in Nouns Frequency: #945

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dress' in Verbs Frequency: #370

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dress in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dress in a Sentence

  1. Wayne's World:

    Garth Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played girl bunny

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.

  3. Maitland Ward:

    Designers are artists and they have specific ideas as to how they want their art presented. If the dress doesn't look good on someone, that reflects on the designer and ultimately sales. It's a hard dress to wear. It hugs every curve.

  4. Mari Tufts:

    I did it so people will start to see that girls are not a distraction and to stop teaching young men that it is an acceptable excuse to be distracted from their education, i found there was no correlation between any of the photos that were in dress code or out of dress code. So I proved clothes that were dress code violations were no more distracting.

  5. Elsa Schiaparelli:

    Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.

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