- The definition of a dress is a one-piece garment consisting of a top and skirt that is usually worn by a woman.
A long formal garment worn at a prom is an example of a dress.
- To dress is to put on clothes, or to tend to a wound and cover it up properly so it will heal.
- When you put on your pants and shoes, this is an example of a situation where you dress yourself.
- When you put a bandage on a wound, this is an example of a situation where you dress the wound.
A mother helping her daughter to dress.
transitive verbdressed or drest, dressing
- to put clothes on; clothe
- to provide with clothing
- to decorate; trim; adorn
- to arrange a display in: to dress a store window
- to arrange or do up (the hair)
- to arrange (troops) in a straight line or lines
- to apply medicines and bandages to (a wound, sore, etc.)
- to treat as required in preparing for use, grooming, etc.; esp.,
- to clean and eviscerate (a fowl, deer, etc.)
- to till, cultivate, or fertilize (fields or plants)
- to curry (a horse, leather, etc.)
- to smooth, finish, shape, etc. (stone, wood, etc.)
Origin of dressMiddle English dressen, to make straight, direct ; from Old French drecier, to set up, arrange ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form directiare ; from Classical Latin directus: see direct
- to put on clothes; wear clothes
- to dress in formal clothes
- to get into a straight line or proper alignment: said of troops
- clothes, clothing, or apparel, esp. as suitable for certain occasions [casual dress] or for a certain place or time: modern dress
- an outer garment for women, having a skirt and usually made in one piece: formerly and traditionally the usual garment for women, now more often limited to somewhat formal occasions
- formal clothes
- external covering or appearance
- of or for dresses: dress material
- worn on formal occasions: a dress suit
- requiring formal clothes: a dress occasion
- to scold severely; reprimand
- to wear casual clothes to an activity, job, etc. that ordinarily requires more formal dress
- to dress in formal clothes, or in clothes more elegant, showy, etc. than one usually wears
- to improve the appearance of, as by decorating
verbdressed dressed, dress·ing, dress·es
- a. To put clothes on; clothe.b. To furnish with clothing.
- To decorate or adorn: dress a Christmas tree.
- To garnish: dressed the side dish with parsley.
- To arrange a display in: dress a store window.
- To arrange (troops) in ranks; align.
- To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to (a wound).
- To arrange and groom (the hair), as by styling, combing, or washing.
- To groom (an animal); curry.
- a. To fertilize (land or plants).b. Archaic To cultivate (land or plants).
- To clean (fish or fowl) for cooking or sale.
- a. To put a finish on (stone or wood, for example).b. To tan or prepare (a hide) in leather-making.
- To put on clothes.
- To wear clothes of a certain kind or style: dresses casually.
- To wear formal clothes: dress for dinner.
- To get into proper alignment with others: The troops dressed on the squad leader.
- Clothing; apparel.
- A style of clothing: folk dancers in peasant dress.
- A one-piece outer garment for women or girls.
- Outer covering or appearance; guise: an ancient ritual in modern dress.
- Suitable for formal occasions: dress shoes.
- Requiring formal clothes: a dress dinner.
Origin of dressMiddle English dressen, to arrange, put on clothing, from Old French drecier, to arrange, from Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre, from Latin dīrēctus, past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see direct.
(countable and uncountable, plural dresses)
- (countable) An item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which both covers the upper part of the body and includes skirts below the waist.
- Amy and Mary looked very pretty in their dresses.
- (uncountable) Apparel, clothing.
- He came to the party in formal dress.
- The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
- dress rehearsal
(third-person singular simple present dresses, present participle dressing, simple past dressed, past participle dressed or drest (obsolete))
- To adorn, ornament. [from 15th c.]
- It was time to dress the windows for Christmas again.
- (nautical) To ornament (a ship) by hoisting the national colours at the peak and mastheads, and setting the jack forward; when "dressed full", the signal flags and pennants are added.
- To treat (a wound, or wounded person). [from 15th c.]
- To prepare (food) for cooking, especially by seasoning it. [from 15th c.]
- To fit out with the necessary clothing; to clothe, put clothes on (something or somebody). [from 15th c.]
- He was dressed in the latest fashions.
- (intransitive) To clothe oneself; to put on clothes. [from 18th c.]
- I rose and dressed before daybreak. It's very cold out. Dress warm.
- (intransitive) Of a man, to allow the genitals to fall to one side or other of the trousers. [from 20th c.]
- Does sir dress to the right or the left?
- To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready.
- to dress leather or cloth; to dress a garden; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them
- To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).
- (military, intransitive) To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align. Sometimes an imperative command.
- to dress the ranks
- Right, dress!
- To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
From Middle English, from Old French dresser, drescer, drecier (“to erect, set up, arrange, dress”), from Medieval Latin * directiare, an assumed frequentive, from Latin directus (“ straight, direct”), perfect passive participle of dīrigō (“straighten, direct”), from dis- (“asunder, in pieces, apart, in two”) + regō (“make straight, rule”).