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Meaning of "formal dress" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF FORMAL DRESS

formal dress  [ˈfɔːməl dres] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FORMAL DRESS

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verb
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pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Formal dress is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES FORMAL DRESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

formal dress

Formal wear

Formal wear and formal dress are general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events, such as a wedding, formal garden party or dinner, débutante cotillion, dance, or race. The Western style of formal evening dress, characterized by black and white garments, has spread through many countries; it is almost always the standard formal social dress in countries without a formal national costume. A dress code is a set of rules governing a certain combination of clothing; some examples are black tie and morning dress. Formal dress is the grouping of all the dress codes which govern clothes worn to formal events. The traditional rules that govern men's formal dress are strictly observed; from these derive the evening dress variants worn on many occasions, such as high school prom dances, formal dances, and entertainment industry award programs. The dress code considered formal in the evening is white tie. In the UK, morning dress is standard formal day time clothing, but in the US/Canada morning dress is rare, having been replaced with the stroller and then the lounge, or business suit.

Definition of formal dress in the English dictionary

The definition of formal dress in the dictionary is smart clothes as might be worn at work; business dress. Other definition of formal dress is clothes worn at formal social events such as weddings, formal dinners etc.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FORMAL DRESS


anchoress
ˈæŋkəˌres
antistress
æntɪstres
Baleares
baleˈares
conqueress
ˈkɒŋkəres
derepress
ˌdiːrɪˈpres
housedress
ˈhaʊsdres
hyperstress
ˈhaɪpəˌstres
jointuress
ˈdʒɔɪntjəˌres
maxidress
ˈmæksɪˌdres
millionairess
ˌmɪlɪəˈneəres
outdress
ˌaʊtˈdres
overpress
ˌəʊvəˈpres
prepress
priːˈpres
reexpress
ˌriːɪkˈspres
rockcress
ˈrɒkˌkres
sweaterdress
ˈswetərˌdres
tendresse
tɑ̃dres

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FORMAL DRESS

formal
formal calculus
formal equivalence
formal grammar
formal language
formal logic
formal mode
formal system
formal theory
formaldehyde
formalin
formaline
formalisable
formalisation
formaliser
formalism
formalist
formalistic
formalistically
formaliter

WORDS THAT END LIKE FORMAL DRESS

A-line dress
actress
address
cocktail dress
contact address
cross-dress
direct address
dress
evening dress
fancy dress
headdress
home address
IP address
mailing address
minidress
party dress
redress
sundress
undress
web address
wedding dress

Synonyms and antonyms of formal dress in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «formal dress» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FORMAL DRESS

Find out the translation of formal dress to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of formal dress from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «formal dress» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

礼服
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

vestido formal
570 millions of speakers

English

formal dress
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

औपचारिक पोशाक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

اللباس الرسمي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

вечернее платье
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

vestido formal
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আনুষ্ঠানিক পোষাক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

robe de soirée
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

pakaian formal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gesellschaftsanzug
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

フォーマルドレス
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

공식적인 드레스
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Busana resmi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

chính thức đầm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சாதாரண உடை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

औपचारिक ड्रेस
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

resmi kıyafet
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

abito formale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

suknia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

вечірнє плаття
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

rochie formala
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επίσημο φόρεμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

formele drag
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

formell klädsel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

formell kjole
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of formal dress

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FORMAL DRESS»

The term «formal dress» is quite widely used and occupies the 39.980 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FORMAL DRESS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about formal dress

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FORMAL DRESS»

Discover the use of formal dress in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to formal dress and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Etiquette For Dummies
An invitation stating formal dress normally means formal eveningwear, which is very dressy by American standards. Formal attire rules are similar to black tie for both men and women, although by not specifying black tie, the options today can  ...
Sue Fox, 2011
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The Meanings of Qipao as Traditional Dress: Chinese and ...
The occasions of wedding and receiving an award are perceived as the situations for which to wear formal dress. Work, shopping or fun activities were perceived as less formal. In Chinese history, formal dress was worn by noblemen and ...
Chui Chu Yang, 2007
3
A Letter to the Churches of America:
A sharp eye-catching formal dress will not add a single thing to my salvation. Casual “decent and in order” dress does not subtract anything from my salvation. According to God's Word, “I am saved by grace through faith,” and that is what ...
Servant George B. Prude, 2013
4
The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas
In 1912 the government's formal dress legislation (both the August and October versions) sent clear messages about the expected political role of women in the Republic. As outlined above, men were encouraged to adopt European fashions  ...
Mina Roces, Louise Edwards, 2010
5
Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style
85 The delineation between “formal” and “informal” got fuzzier, as the dean of women at Purdue noted in 1955: “Formal dress for a member of the younger crowd encompasses a greater variety of styles today than it did even a few years ago.
Deirdre Clemente, 2014
6
Mess Night Traditions
While on the topic of proper attire and formal dress, the following is an account of an incident that occurred not long ago. This is about a skipper that one must admire. The command was to have a Mess Night and, naturally, dress uniforms were ...
Charles J. Gibowicz, 2007
7
Service Etiquette
Uniform Coat/Jacket Skirt/Slacks Shirt/Blouse Cap/Cover Formal Dress Blue Dinner Dress Blue Jacket w/formal waistcoat Formal Dress Skirt White Dress Black tiara (optional) Dinner Dress Blue Jacket Dinner Dress Blue Jacket Formal Dress ...
Cherlynn Conetsco, Anna Hart, 2009
8
Crossdressing in Context, Vol. 1 Dress & Gender
Formal dress codes are more likely where the context is more narrowly and sharply defined, such as in a school. One is only a member of the group 'students' when in some relation to the context of a 'school.' Moreover, the formal dress code ...
G. G. Bolich, Ph. D. G. G. Bolich, 2007
9
Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization: Developments ...
And the formal dress distinguishes the groups and members within the group, reclaiming and reproducing the formal context in which being a manager counts. The upper class dress of the manager in the formal reconnects the imaginary ...
Stanley Deetz, 1992
10
The Making of the Republican Citizen : Political Ceremonies ...
Two levels of formal dress were specified: full formal, for major state occasions, and regular formal, for other official events (Fig. 10). Full formal consisted of the costumes then known in English as morning dress and evening dress. Regular ...
Henrietta Harrison, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FORMAL DRESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term formal dress is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Writer's block? Put on a suit: Formal wear makes you think more …
... casual clothing makes people feel more friendly and laid back; Formal dress gave a sense of social distance and feelings of empowerment ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
2
2015 4-H Fashion Revue - Clay Center Dispatch On-Line: Gallery
DSC_0147.JPG. JaelAnn Hoover models a black and white formal dress she submitted as a buymanship entry at Thursday's Fashion Revue. «Clay Center Dispatch, Jul 15»
3
Program helps high school girls distinguish themselves among the rest
... participant's overall demeanor, poise and ability to communicate clearly while answering a question on stage in a formal dress of her choice. «So Md News, Jul 15»
4
Dress code diktat for officials
In a similar incident early this year, the Raman Singh government has hauled up two IAS officers for not wearing formal dress while receiving ... «Bangalore Mirror, Jul 15»
5
Bellingham enacts 'gender neutral' dress code at middle schools
"Many workplaces don't have formal dress codes, but they do have expectations for people coming to work dressed appropriately and that's ... «KING5.com, Jul 15»
6
New dress shop wants to help, too
Sisters Angela Shriver and Amanda Kosarek wanted to open a formal dress shop in downtown Davenport. They did. But that is only half the ... «Quad City Times, Jul 15»
7
Henley Royal Regatta has the world's strictest dress code
... striped blazers, each representing a different rowing club, while the ladies chose classic formal dress, topped with a cocktail or picture hat. «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
8
Dress sale to benefit Speed The Light initiative
Uncommon Youth is hosting its second annual formal dress resale Sept. 13 from 9 am to 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto. This year ... «Alton Telegraph, Jul 15»
9
Putting on the Ritz in the Kitchen
While there is no shortage of dining options, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone wearing a jacket or formal dress, except perhaps at a ... «Hospitality Net, Jul 15»
10
240 Years Of Military Uniform History In Custer
... military uniforms didn't change much between the Civil War and World War I. High, tight collars, heavy wool material and a formal dress style. «SDPB Radio, Jul 15»

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