English dress definition
verb is inherited from Middle English , dressen dresse ( “ to lay, place, put; to adjust, arrange, put in order; to adorn, ornament; to position; to stand up; to arrange (a dish) for serving; to serve (a dish); to dress; to arm; to mend, redress, repair; to get ready, prepare; to build, form, make; to bring about, cause; to turn; to direct, guide, steer; to use; to devote (oneself to something); to control, subdue; to teach; to bring up (a child); to send; to address; to give, offer; to go, move; to get out of bed; to advance, proceed; to approach; to deal with, treat ” ) [ and other forms ] , from  Anglo-Norman , dresser , drescer drescier [ and other forms ] , and , Middle French Old French , dresser , drecier , drescer drescier ( “ to erect; to lift, raise; to stand up; to direct, guide; to travel; to draw up (a document, etc.); to arrange, prepare; to correct, put right ” ) (modern French ), from dresser Late Latin *directiare, from Latin dīrēctus ( “ arranged in lines, laid straight; direct, straight; upright; directed, steered; distributed, scattered ” ), the  perfect passive participle of dīrigō ( “ to arrange in lines, lay straight; to direct, steer; to distribute, scatter ” ), from dis- ( prefix meaning ‘apart; asunder; in two’ ) + regō ( “ to direct, govern, rule; to guide, steer; to manage, oversee ” ) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- ( “ to right oneself, straighten; just; right ” )). Doublet of .
noun is derived from the verb.
dress ( third-person singular simple present , dresses present participle , dressing simple past , dressed past participle dressed or ( obsolete ) )
( transitive )
( also reflexive and figuratively ) To put clothes (or, formerly, armour) on (oneself or someone, a doll, a mannequin, etc.); to clothe. [from 15th c.]
Synonyms: , attire ; don see also Thesaurus: clothe
Antonyms: , strip ; undress see also Thesaurus: undress He was dressed in the latest fashions.
1640 (date written) , H[enry] M[ore], “ ΨΥΧΟΖΩΙΑ [Psychozōia ], or A Christiano-platonicall Display of Life, [ … ] ”, in , Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: ΨΥΧΩΔΙΑ [Psychōdia ] Platonica: Or A Platonicall Song of the Soul, [ … ] [ … ] Roger Daniel, printer to the Universitie, published 1642, , book 3, stanza 56, OCLC 1049141463 page 51: Their face with love and vigour vvas ydreſt, / VVith modeſty and joy, their tongue with juſt beheſt.
1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in , New York, N.Y.: The Celebrity: An Episode The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., , OCLC 222716698 page 15: Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines. 1963, Margery Allingham, “Justifiably Angry Young Men”, in , London: The China Governess: A Mystery Chatto & Windus, , OCLC 483591931 page 93: I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because "it was wicked to dress us like charity children". We nearly crowned her we were so offended. ( specifically ) To attire (oneself or someone) for a particular (especially formal) occasion, or in a fashionable manner.
c. 1580 (date written) , Philippe Sidnei [ i.e., Philip Sidney], “ [The First Booke ] Chapter 6”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, [ The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia The New Arcadia], London: [ … ] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, ; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, OCLC 801077108 The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, , OCLC 318419127 page 40: [A]ll the men there shoulde dresse themselves like the poorest sorte of the people in Arcadia, having no banners, but bloudie shirtes hanged upon long staves, [… ]
1624, Democritus Junior [ pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Artificiall Allurements of Loue, Causes and Provocations to Lust. Gestures, Cloathes, Dowre &c.”, in , 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, The Anatomy of Melancholy: [ … ] , partition 3, section 2, member 2, subsection 3, OCLC 54573970 page 376: [… ] Anthony [ i.e., Mark Antony] himſelfe was quite beſotted with ’s ſweete ſpeeches, philters, beauty, pleaſing tires: for when ſhe ſailed along the riuer Cleopatra Cydnus, with ſuch incredible pompe in a guilded ſhip, her ſelfe dreſſed like , her maides like the Venus , her Pages like ſo many Graces Cupids, Anthony was amazed, & rapt beyond himſelfe.
1667 April 4 (date written; Gregorian calendar) , Samuel Pepys; Mynors Bright, transcriber, “March 25th, 1667 ( Lady day)”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, volume VI, London: [ … ] George Bell & Sons [ … ] ; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1895, , OCLC 1016700617 page 238: [H]e and I [… ] to the King's playhouse; and by and by comes Mr. Lowther and his wife and mine, and into a box, forsooth, neither of them being dressed, which I was almost ashamed of.
1696 November (first performance), [John Vanbrugh], , [London]: The Relapse; or, Virtue in Danger: [ … ] [ … ] Samuel Briscoe [ … ] , published 1697, , Act II, scene i, OCLC 792776205 page 29: Naw if I find 'tis a good day, I reſalve to take a turn in the Park, and ſee the Fine Women: So huddle on my Cloaths, and get dreſt by One.
1711 March 13 (Gregorian calendar) , Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “FRIDAY, March 2, 1710–1711”, in , number 2; republished in The Spectator Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition,, volume I, New York, N.Y.: [ … ] D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, , OCLC 191120697 page 88: [B]eing ill-used by the above-mentioned widow, he was very serious for a year and a half; and though, his temper being naturally jovial, he at last got over it, he grew careless of himself, and never dressed afterwards.
1749, Henry Fielding, “The History Draws Nearer to a Conclusion”, in , volume VI, London: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling A[ndrew] Millar [ … ] , , book XVIII, OCLC 928184292 page 279: [T]he Hour appointed by Mr. Weſtern now drew ſo near, that he had barely Time left to dreſs himſelf. 1760, Oliver Goldsmith, “Letter XIV. From the Same [From Lien Chi Altangi, to Fum Hoam, First President of the Ceremonial Academy at Pekin, in China ].”, in The Citizen of the World: Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher, (Parsons’s Select British Classics; XXVIII), volume I, London: [ … ] [ … ] J[ohn] Parsons, [ … ] , published 1794, , OCLC 644274624 page 39: As I was dreſſed after the faſhion of Europe, ſhe had taken me for an Engliſhman, and conſequently ſaluted me in her ordinary manner: but when the footman informed her Grace that I was the gentleman from China, ſhe inſtantly lifted herself from the couch, while her eyes ſparkled with unuſual vivacity. To
design, make, provide, or select clothes (for someone).
The fashion designer was proud to have dressed the queen for the charity event. To
arrange or style (someone's hair).
1610, William Camden, “Romans in Britaine”, in Philémon Holland, transl., Britain, or A Chorographicall Description of the Most Flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland,, London: [ … ] [ … ] [Eliot’s Court Press for] Georgii Bishop & Ioannis Norton, , OCLC 1166778000 page 61: [ Domitian] after his manner, with a cheerfull countenance and grieved heart, received the newes: being inwardly pricked, to think that his later counterfet triumph of Germany, wherin certain ſlaves bought for mony were attired and their haire dreſſed as captives of that country, was had in deriſion and iuſtly skorned abroad: [… ] 1663 July 23 (date written; Gregorian calendar) , Samuel Pepys; Mynors Bright, transcriber, “July 13th, 1663”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, volume III, London: [ … ] George Bell & Sons [ … ] ; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1893, , OCLC 1016700617 page 208: By and by the King and Queen, who looked in this dress (a white laced waistcoat and a crimson short pettycoat, and her hair dressed à la negligence) mighty pretty; and the King rode hand in hand with her.
( also figuratively ) To adorn or ornament (something). [from 15th c.]
It was time to dress the windows for Christmas again.
1842, Alfred Tennyson, “The Merman”, in , volume I, London: Poems. [ … ] Edward Moxon, [ … ] , , OCLC 1008064829 pages 68–69: But at night I would roam abroad and play / With the mermaids in and out of the rocks, / Dressing their hair with the white sea-flower, / And holding them back by their flowing locks [… ]
1882, James Anthony Froude, “A.D. 1834. Æt. 39.”, in , volume II, London: Thomas Carlyle: A History of the First Forty Years of His Life, 1795–1835 [ … ] Longmans, Green, and Co., , OCLC 1131171474 page 400: There was no occasion for [Francis] Jeffrey to have written with such extreme harshness. If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form. To arrange a
display of goods in, or to decorate (a shop or shop window). ( 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
apply a dressing to or otherwise treat (a wound); ( obsolete ) to give (a wounded person) medical aid. [from 15th c.]
Synonyms: , bandage put a bandage on
1590, Edmund Spenser, , London: The Faerie Qveene. [ … ] [ … ] [ John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, , book III, canto V, stanza 41, OCLC 960102938 page 473: [T]he Mayd / His readie vvound with better ſalues new dreſt, / Daily ſhe dreſſed him, and did the beſt / His grieuous hurt to guariſh, that ſhe might, [… ]
1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, “In the Enemy’s Camp”, in , London; Paris: Treasure Island Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, , part VI (Captain Silver), OCLC 702939134 page 227: [H]e was deadly pale, and the blood-stained bandage round his head told that he had recently been wounded, and still more recently dressed. To
fit or prepare (something) for use; to render (something) suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready.
in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores by sorting and separating them
1584, [Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas], “[ The Historie of Iudith, in Forme of a Poeme.] The Third Booke of Iudith.”, in [ … ] . Tho[mas] Hudson, transl., Du Bartas His Deuine Weekes and Workes, 3rd edition, London: [ … ] [ … ] Humfrey Lownes [and are to be sold by Arthur Iohnson [ … ] ], published 1611, , OCLC 1181680849 page 33: Now when the towne his ſommonds did diſdain, / To conquer it perforce he plyde his pain: / And their, th’ Inginers haue the Trepan dreſt, / And reared vp the Ramme for batterie beſt: [… ]
1697, Virgil, “The Seventh Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis., London: [ … ] [ … ] Jacob Tonson, [ … ] , , lines 378–379, OCLC 403869432 page 411: Three hundred Horſes, in high Stables fed, / Stood ready, ſhining all, and ſmoothly dreſſ'd; [… ] To prepare, treat, or
curry ( animal hide or leather).
1607, Edward Topsell, “Of the Dogge”, in The Historie of Fovre-footed Beastes., London: [ … ] [ … ] William Iaggard, , OCLC 912897215 page 143: The ſkinnes of Dogges are dreſſed for gloues, and cloſe Bootes, the vvhich are vſed by ſuch as haue vicerous and ſvvelling Legges or Limbes, for by them the aflicted place receiueth a double reliefe; firſt, it reſiſteth the influent humors, and ſecondly, it is not exaſperated with VVoollen.
1791, James Boswell, “”, in , volume II, London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. [ … ] Charles Dilly, [ … ] , , OCLC 1193162412 page 35: Very little buſineſs appeared to be going forward in Lichfield. I found however two ſtrange manufactures for ſo inland a place, ſail-cloth and ſtreamers for ſhips; and I obſerved them making ſome ſaddle-cloths, and dreſſing ſheepſkins; but upon the whole, the buſy hand of induſtry ſeemed to be quite ſlackened. 1912 January, Zane Grey, “Silver Spruce and Aspens”, in , New York, N.Y.; London: Riders of the Purple Sage [ … ] Harper & Brothers Publishers, , OCLC 6868219 page 115: He skinned the rabbits, and gave the dogs the one they had quarreled over, and the skin of this he dressed and hung up to dry, feeling that he would like to keep it. It was a particularly rich, furry pelt with a beautiful white tail. To prepare the
surface of (a material, usually lumber or stone).
( historical or England , regional ) To remove chaff or impurities from ( flour, grain, etc.) by bolting or sifting, winnowing, and other methods. ( fishing ) To prepare (an artificial fly) to be attached to a fish hook.
( agriculture , horticulture ) To cultivate or tend to (a garden, land, plants, etc.); especially, to add fertilizer or manure to ( soil); to fertilize, to manure.
1595 December 9 (first known performance), [William Shakespeare], (First Quarto), London: The Tragedie of King Richard the Second. [ … ] [ … ] Valentine Simmes for Androw Wise, [ … ] , published 1597, , OCLC 213833262 [Act III, scene iv]: Gard[ ener]. Oh what pitie is it that he had not ſo trimde, / And dreſt his land as vve this garden at time of yeare / Do vvound the barke, the skinne of our fruit trees, [… ] Queene. Oh I am preſt to death through vvant of ſpeaking / Thou old Adams likeneſſe ſet to dreſſe this garden, / How dares thy harſh rude tong ſound this vnpleaſing nevvs?
( butchering ) To cut up (an animal or its flesh) for food; specifically ( hunting ), to remove the internal organs (of a game animal) shortly after it has been killed so that the carcass cools more quickly; to field dress.
December 2020, Tim Folger, “North America’s most valuable resource is at risk”, in National Geographic Magazine :  But as he dressed the carcass—cutting it up to bring home—Borg’s gratitude gave way to revulsion. When he tried to extract the liver, which should have been firm and meaty, it deliquesced into a bloody sludge, sliding goopily through his fingers.
( cooking ) To prepare ( food) for cooking or eating, especially by seasoning it; specifically, to add a dressing or sauce (to food, especially a salad). [from 15th c.]
c. 1590 (date written) , G[eorge] P[eele], , London: The Old Wiues Tale. [ … ] [ … ] Iohn Danter, for Raph Hancocke, and Iohn Hardie, [ … ] , published 1595, , [ OCLC 1154964007 lines 142–143]: Old vvom[ an]: [O]nce vppon a time his daughter was ſtollen avvay, and hee ſent ſo long, that he ſent all his men out of his Land. / Frol[ icke]: VVho dreſt his dinner then?
c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “ The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act IV, scene iii], OCLC 606515358 page 223, column 2: Heere Loue, thou ſeeſt how diligent I am, / To dreſſe thy meate my ſelfe, and bring it thee.
a. 1645, John Milton, “ L’Allegro”, in , London: Poems of Mr. John Milton, [ … ] [ … ] Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Mosely, [ … ] , published 1646, , OCLC 606951673 page 34: Where Corydon and Thyrſis met, / Are at their ſavory dinner ſet / Of Hearbes, and other Country Meſſes, / Which the neat-handed Phillis dreſſes; [… ] 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], chapter XVI, in , volume II, London: Pride and Prejudice [ … ] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton [ … ] , , OCLC 38659585 page 188: These two girls had been above an hour in the place, happily employed in visiting an opposite milliner, watching the sentinel on guard, and dressing a sallad and cucumber.
( film , television , theater )
To design, make, or
prepare costumes (for a play or other performance); also, to present (a production) in a particular costume style. To prepare (a set) by installing the props, scenery, etc.
2012, Marvin Silbersher, chapter 22, in A Fistful of Stars, [Bloomington, Ind.]: Xlibris, , →ISBN page 106: Mallory, all night long, single-handedly painted and dressed the set so that at eight o'clock Sunday morning when we arrived to make breakfast in the kitchen, there she was sound asleep on the davenport in the set, every prop in place.
( military ) To arrange ( soldiers or troops) into proper formation; especially, to adjust (soldiers or troops) into straight lines and at a proper distance from each other; to align.
to dress the ranks
( Northern England , archaic ) To treat (someone) in a particular manner; specifically, in an appropriate or fitting manner; ( by extension , ironic ) to give (someone) a deserved beating; also, to give (someone) a good scolding; to dress down. ( obsolete ) To break in and train (a horse or other animal) for use.
1595 December 9 (first known performance), [William Shakespeare], (First Quarto), London: The Tragedie of King Richard the Second. [ … ] [ … ] Valentine Simmes for Androw Wise, [ … ] , published 1597, , OCLC 213833262 [Act V, scene v]: Oh how it ernd my hart when I beheld, / In London ſtreetes, that Coronation day, / VVhen Bullingbroke rode on Roane Barbarie. / That horſe, that thou ſo often haſt beſtride. / That horſe, that I ſo carefully haue dreſt.
( reflexive , intransitive , obsolete ) To prepare (oneself); to make ready. [14th–16th c.]
[ 1470–1485 (date produced) , Thomas Malory, “Capitulum xviij”, in , book IV (in Middle English), [London: [Le Morte Darthur ] [ … ] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, , leaf 222, recto; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, OCLC 71490786 Le Morte Darthur, London: [ … ] David Nutt, [ … ] , 1889, , lines 19–21, OCLC 890162034 page 142: [S]yr Gawayns ſpere brak ⸝ but ſir marhaus ſpere helde ⸝ And therwith ſyre Gawayne and his hors ruſſhed doune to the erthe ⸝ And lyghtly ſyre Gawayne roſe on his feet ⸝ and pulled out his ſwerd ⸝ and dreſſyd hym toward syr Marhaus on foote ⸝ [… ] Sir ] Gawain's spear broke, but Sir Marhaus's [ i.e., Morholt of Ireland's] spear held; and therewith Sir Gawain and his horse rushed down to the earth, and lightly Sir Gawain rose on his feet, and pulled out his sword, and dressed [prepared] himself toward Sir Marhaus on foot, [… ] ( intransitive )
To put on clothes.
Synonym: get dressed
Antonyms: , disrobe , get undressed , strip undress I rose and dressed before daybreak. It’s very cold out. Dress warm. ( specifically ) To attire oneself for a particular (especially formal) occasion, or in a fashionable manner.
They returned home early to dress for dinner.
1742, [Samuel Richardson], “Letter XXX”, in , volume III, London: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded. [ … ] [ … ] S[amuel] Richardson; and sold by C[harles] Rivington, [ … ] ; and J. Osborn, [ … ] , , OCLC 8463221 page 184: The three Gentlemen rode out, and returned juſt Time enough to dreſs for dinner.
1865 May 15 – 1866 January 1, Anthony Trollope, “Will Belton”, in , volume I, London: The Belton Estate. [ … ] Chapman and Hall, [ … ] , published December 1865 (indicated as 1866), , OCLC 1041069398 page 62: "We'd better get ready for dinner now. I always dress, because papa likes to see it." This she said as a hint to her cousin that he would be expected to change his coat, for her father would have been annoyed had his guest sat down to dinner without such ceremony. Of a thing: to
attain a certain condition after undergoing some process or treatment to fit or prepare it for use.
( euphemistic , chiefly in the tailoring context ) To allow one's penis to fall to one side or the other within one's trousers. [from 20th c.]
While measuring him for his trousers, the tailor asked him if he dressed to the left or the right.
( slang ) . Ellipsis of cross-dress
( butchering ) Of an animal carcass: to have a certain quantity or weight after removal of the internal organs and skin; also, to have a certain appearance after being cut up and prepared for cooking.
( military , sometimes imperative as a drill command ) Of soldiers or troops: to arrange into proper formation; especially, to form into straight lines and at a proper distance from each other.
Right, dress! (literally, “ Form a straight line, and align yourself to the right!”) ( sports ) Of a sportsperson: to put on the uniform and have the equipment needed to play a sport.
Due to a left ankle sprain, the basketball player did not dress for the game against Indiana.
to put clothes on (oneself or someone, etc.)
— See also translations at clothe
klæða (is) Ido:
vestizar (io) Irish:
vestire (it) Japanese:
服を着せる ( fuku-o kiseru ) Kabuverdianu:
, bisti vestí Latin:
apģērbt, saģērbt Lithuanian:
rengti , (lt) aprengti Lombard:
kākahu, whakakākahu, kahu Middle English:
, dressen clothen Norwegian:
kle (no) Occitan:
vestir (oc) Pashto:
ور اغوستل ( wər aγustəl ) Polish:
ubierać (pl) Portuguese:
vestir (pt) Quechua:
îmbrăca (ro) Russian:
одева́ть (ru) impf ( odevátʹ ), оде́ть (ru) pf ( odétʹ ) Scottish Gaelic:
odijevati , (sh) odevati , (sh) , одевати одијевати Sotho:
apara (st) ( upper body ), tena (st) ( legs and hands ) Spanish:
vestir (es) Swedish:
klä , (sv) kläda (sv) Telugu:
ధరింపజేయు ( dharimpajēyu ) Ukrainian:
одяга́ти ( odjaháty ) Umbundu:
( quần áo ) mặc (vi) Zazaki: xoraden
to attire (oneself or someone) for a particular (especially formal) occasion, or in a fashionable manner
to design, make, provide, or select clothes (for someone)
to arrange or
to adorn or ornament (something)
— See also translations at adorn
to arrange a display of goods in, or to decorate (a shop or shop window)
to apply a dressing to or otherwise treat (a wound)
to fit or prepare (something) for use; to render (something) suitable for an intended purpose
— See also translations at get ready
to prepare, treat, or curry (animal hide or leather)
to prepare the surface of (a material)
afrette, afpudse, , behandle , ordne pudse, tilhøvle, tilhugge Finnish:
viimeistellä (fi) Irish:
cóirigh Maori: tipi ( of timber ), tītipi ( of timber ), tukou ( of timber ), ngao ( of timber ), niu ( of timber ), haratua ( of timber ), tīwani ( of wood )
to remove chaff or impurities from (flour, grain, etc.) by bolting or sifting, winnowing, and other methods
to prepare (an artificial fly) to be attached to a fish hook
to cultivate or tend to (a garden, land, plants, etc.)
— see cultivate
to cut up (an animal or its flesh) for food
to remove the internal organs (of a game animal) shortly after it has been killed
— see field dress
to prepare (food) for cooking or eating, especially by seasoning it; to add a dressing or sauce (to food, especially a salad)
to design, make, or prepare costumes (for a play or other performance); to present (a production) in a particular costume
to prepare (a set) by installing the props, scenery, etc.
to arrange (soldiers or troops) into proper formation; especially, to adjust (soldiers or troops) into straight lines and at a proper distance from each other
to treat (someone) in a particular manner; specifically, in an appropriate or fitting manner
to give (someone) a deserved beating
— see thrash
to give (someone) a good scolding
— see dress down
to put on clothes
— See also translations at get dressed
please add this translation if you can Korean:
입다 (ko) ( ipda ), 옷을 입다 ( oseul ipda ) Kyrgyz:
кийин- ( kiyin- ) Lao:
please add this translation if you can Latin:
apģērbties, saģērbties Lithuanian:
apsirengti, rengtis (lt) Maltese:
kākahu, komo kākahu Mongolian:
хувцаслах (mn) ( huvtsaslah ) Nepali:
लगाउनु ( lagāunu ) Norwegian:
kle på seg Occitan:
se vestir Pashto:
اغوستل (ps) ( aγustəlb ) Polish:
ubierać się (pl) , impf ubrać się (pl) , pf odziewać się impf ( literary, dated ), odziać się (pl) pf ( literary, dated ) Portuguese:
vestir- se Romanian:
se îmbrăca (ro) Romansch:
sa vestgir, sevestgir, savastgir, sa vistgeir, as vstir, as vestir Russian:
одева́ться (ru) impf ( odevátʹsja ), оде́ться (ru) pf ( odétʹsja ) Sicilian:
vistiri , (scn) vistirìsi Slovak:
obliecť sa Sotho:
apara (st) ( upper body ), tena (st) ( legs and hands ) Spanish:
vestirse (es) Swedish:
klä sig , (sv) klä på sig (sv) Telugu:
ధరించు (te) ( dhariñcu ) Thai:
แต่งตัว (th) ( dtɛ̀ng-dtuua ) Tibetan:
please add this translation if you can Turkish:
giymek (tr) Ukrainian:
одяга́тися impf ( odjahátysja ), одягти́ся pf ( odjahtýsja ), одягну́тися pf ( odjahnútysja ) Venetian:
, (please verify) mặc quần áo ( esp. to dress up, def. 1 ) (please verify) ăn mặc (vi) Yakut:
кэт ( ket ) Zazaki: gınc f
to attire oneself for a particular (especially formal) occasion, or in a fashionable manner
of a thing: to attain a certain condition after undergoing some process or treatment to fit or prepare it for use
to allow one’s penis to fall to one side or the other within one’s trousers
of an animal carcass: to have a certain quantity or weight after removal of the internal organs and skin; to have a certain appearance after being cut up and prepared for cooking
of soldiers or troops: to arrange into proper formation; especially, to form into straight lines and at a proper distance from each other
of a sportsperson: to put on the uniform and have the equipment needed to play a sport
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dress ( , countable and uncountable plural )
( countable )
item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which both covers the upper part of the body and includes a skirt below the waist.
Amy and Mary looked very pretty in their dresses.
( archaic ) An item of outer clothing or set of such clothes (worn by people of all sexes) which is generally decorative and appropriate for a particular occasion, profession, etc.
1773, [Oliver] Goldsmith, , London: She Stoops to Conquer: Or, The Mistakes of a Night. A Comedy. [ … ] [ … ] F[rancis] Newbery, [ … ] , , Act II, OCLC 973672395 page 23: I have been thinking, George, of changing our travelling dreſſes in the morning. I am grown confoundedly aſhamed of mine. 1857, John Ruskin, “Lecture I”, in The Political Economy of Art: Being the Substance (with Additions) of Two Lectures Delivered at Manchester, July 10th and 13th, 1857, London: Smith, Elder and Co., [ … ] , , section II (Application), OCLC 82980182 page 74: No good historical painting ever yet existed, or ever can exist, where the dresses of the people of the time are not beautiful: [… ] ( film , television , theater ) . Ellipsis of dress rehearsal ( uncountable )
Apparel or clothing, especially when appropriate for a particular occasion, profession, etc.
military dress He came to the party in formal dress.
c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act II, scene iv], OCLC 606515358 page 348, column 1: Till I ſhall ſee you in your Souldiers dreſſe, / Which will become you both: Farewell.
1711 March 27 (Gregorian calendar) , Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “FRIDAY, March 16, 1710–1711”, in , number 14; republished in The Spectator Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition,, volume I, New York, N.Y.: [ … ] D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, , OCLC 191120697 page 151: [I]t is a kind of acting to go into masquerade, and a man should be able to say or do things proper for the dress in which he appears. We have now and then rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of rakes.
1838 March – 1839 October, Charles Dickens, “Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr. Ralph Nickleby’s, and of the Manner in which the Company Entertained Themselves before Dinner, at Dinner, and after Dinner”, in , London: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Chapman and Hall, [ … ] , published 1839, , OCLC 1057107260 page 172: Your black silk frock will be quite dress enough, my dear, with that pretty little scarf, and a plain band in your hair, and a pair of black silk stock— [… ]
( archaic ) The act of putting on clothes, especially fashionable ones, or for a particular (especially formal) occasion.
( by extension )
external covering of an animal (for example, the feathers of a bird) or an object.
1871, Charles Darwin, “Birds— concluded”, in , volume II, London: The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. [ … ] John Murray, [ … ] , , Part II (Sexual Selection), OCLC 156113994 page 187: When the adults [ i.e., birds] of both sexes have a distinct winter and summer plumage, whether or not the male differs from the female, the young resemble the adults of both sexes in their winter dress or much more rarely in their summer dress, or they resemble the females alone; or the young may have an intermediate character; or again they may differ greatly from the adults in both their seasonal plumages. The
appearance of an object after it has undergone some process or treatment to fit or prepare it for use; finish.
( figuratively ) The external appearance of something, especially if intended to give a positive impression; garb, guise.
1610 (first performance), Ben[jamin] Jonson, , London: The Alchemist [ … ] Thomas Snodham, for Walter Burre, and are to be sold by Iohn Stepneth, [ … ] , published 1612, ; reprinted Menston, Yorkshire: The Scolar Press, 1970, OCLC 1008120557 , OCLC 52009618 Act IV, scene i: Sir, although / VVe may be ſaid to vvant the guilt, and trappings, / The dreſſe of Honor; yet vve ſtriue to keepe, / The ſeedes, and the Materialls.
1663, Robert Boyle, Some Considerations Touching the Style of the H, London: [oly ] Scriptures. [ … ] [ … ] Henry Herringman, [ … ] , , OCLC 228723505 pages 163–164: [… ] Eloquence, the Dreſs of our Thoughts, like the Dreſs of our Bodies, differs not only in ſeveral Regions, but in ſeveral Ages. 1711 May 14 (Gregorian calendar) , J[ohn] G[ay], The Present State of Wit, in a Letter to a Friend in the Country, London: [ s.n.], , OCLC 931244916 page 14: He has indeed reſcued it [ i.e., learning] out of the hands of Pedants and Fools, and diſcover'd the true method of making it amiable and lovely to all mankind: In the dreſs he gives it, 'tis a moſt welcome gueſt at Tea-tables and Aſſemblies, and is reliſh'd and careſſed by the Merchants on the Change; [… ] ( archaic , historical ) The system of furrows on the face of a millstone. ( obsolete ) The act of applying a dressing to or otherwise treating a wound; also, the dressing so applied.
→ Japanese: ドレス ( doresu )
→ Korean: 드레스 ( deureseu )
→ Norwegian: dress
→ Pennsylvania German: Dress → Scottish Gaelic: dreasa
item of clothing which both covers the upper part of the body and includes a skirt below the waist
rok , (af) , jurk japon Albanian:
fustan (sq) Arabic:
ثَوْب (ar) m ( ṯawb ), لِبَاس (ar) m ( libās ), فُسْتَان (ar) m ( fustān ), رِدَاء (ar) m ( ridāʾ )
فُسْتَان m ( fostān ) Iraqi Arabic:
نَفْنوفَة m ( nafnūfa ) San'ani Yemeni Arabic:
زَنّه m ( zannah ) Hijazi Arabic: فُسْتَان m ( fustān ), كُرْتَة f ( kurta ) ( archaic ) Armenian:
զգեստ (hy) ( zgest ), շրջազգեստ (hy) ( šrǰazgest ) Asturian:
vistíu m Azerbaijani:
don , (az) paltar (az) Bashkir:
күлдәк ( küldäk ) Belarusian:
суке́нка f ( sukjénka ) Breton:
sae (br) f Bulgarian:
ро́кля (bg) f ( róklja ) Catalan:
vestit (ca) m Chinese:
Mandarin: 連衣裙 , (zh) 连衣裙 (zh) ( liányīqún ), 著裝 , (zh) 着装 ( zhuózhuāng ), 女服 ( nǚfú ), 服裝 , (zh) 服装 (zh) ( fúzhuāng ) Chipewyan:
ʔı Crimean Tatar: ,
, anter , kostüm urba Czech:
šaty (cs) pl Danish:
, kjole påklædning (da) Dutch:
jurk (nl) , m ( formal ) gewaad (nl) , n ( Flemish ) kleed (nl) n Esperanto:
robo (eo) Estonian:
kleit (et) Faroese:
kjóli m Fijian:
vinivo (fj) Finnish:
leninki , (fi) puku , (fi) mekko (fi) French:
robe (fr) f Galician:
Georgian: კაბა (ka) ( ḳaba ) German:
Kleid (de) n Greek:
φόρεμα (el) n ( fórema )
Ancient: πέπλος m ( péplos ) Hebrew:
שִׂמְלָה (he) f ( simlá ) Hindi:
पोशाक (hi) f ( pośāk ) Hungarian:
ruha , (hu) egyberuha, egybeszabott ruha Icelandic:
kjóll (is) m Ido:
robo (io) Irish:
gúna m Italian:
vestito (it) , m abito (it) m Japanese:
ワンピース ( wanpīsu ), ドレス (ja) ( doresu ), 服 (ja) ( ふく, fuku ) Kannada:
ಬಟ್ಟೆ (kn) ( baṭṭe ), ವಸ್ತ್ರಾಭರಣ ( vastrābharaṇa ) Kashubian:
kléd m Kazakh:
көйлек (kk) ( köilek ) Korean:
드레스 ( deureseu ), 의복 (ko) ( uibok ), 원피스 (ko) ( wonpiseu ) Kurdish:
Central Kurdish: بەرگ (ku) ( berg )
көйнөк (ky) ( qöynöq ) Latgalian:
sukne f Latin:
stola f Latvian:
kleita f Lithuanian:
suknelė f Macedonian:
фустан m ( fustan ) Maltese:
libsa f Maori:
tʼááhadiilʼééʼ, tłʼaakał Norman:
fro m ( Jersey , Guernsey ), robe f ( Jersey ) Norwegian:
kjole (no) m Nynorsk: kjole m Persian:
لباس (fa) ( lebâs ), رخت (fa) ( raxt ) Polish:
sukienka (pl) , f suknia (pl) f Portuguese:
vestido (pt) m Romanian:
rochie (ro) f Russian:
пла́тье (ru) n ( plátʹje ) Scottish Gaelic:
lèineag , f casag mhòr , f gùn , f dreasa f Serbo-Croatian:
хаљина f Roman: haljina (sh) f Sichuan Yi:
ꂃ ( nbo ) Silesian:
klajd m Slovak:
šaty f pl Slovene:
obleka (sl) f Sorbian:
suknja , f suknicka f Upper Sorbian: šat , m šaćik , m klejd , m klejdźik m Spanish:
vestido (es) , m traje (es) m Swahili:
rinda (sw) Swedish:
klänning (sv) c Tagalog:
либос (tg) ( libos ), пӯшок ( püšok ) Taos:
күлмәк (tt) ( külmäk ) Telugu:
దుస్తులు (te) ( dustulu ), బట్టలు ( baṭṭalu ) Thai:
เสื้อชุด ( sʉ̂ʉa-chút ) Tok Pisin:
klos manmeri Turkish:
elbise , (tr) giysi (tr) Turkmen:
пла́ття n ( pláttja ), су́кня f ( súknja ) Umbundu:
libos (uz) Vietnamese:
, áo dài ( phụ nữ) áo đầm Waray-Waray:
ba-do, sul-ot Welsh:
gwisg (cy) , f gwisgoedd (cy) f pl Winnebago:
קלייד n ( kleyd ) Zazaki: çına , (diq) gınc , n qal (diq) n
item of outer clothing or set of such clothes (worn either by people of all sexes) which is generally decorative and appropriate for a particular occasion, profession, etc.
apparel or clothing
كَسْوَة f ( kaswa ) Armenian:
զգեստ (hy) ( zgest ), հագուստ (hy) ( hagust ) Azerbaijani:
paltar , (az) don , (az) geyim (az) Belarusian:
адзе́нне n ( adzjénnje ) Bulgarian:
облекло́ (bg) n ( oblekló ) Chinese:
Mandarin: 服裝 , (zh) 服装 (zh) ( fúzhuāng ), 衣服 (zh) ( yīfú ) Czech:
oblečení (cs) n Danish:
kledij (nl) , f kleding (nl) f Finnish:
asu , (fi) puku , (fi) vaatteet (fi) pl French:
tenue (fr) f German:
Kleidung (de) f Greek:
ρούχα (el) n pl ( roúcha )
Ancient: ἐσθής f ( esthḗs ) Hebrew:
לבוש (he) m ( levush ) Hungarian:
ruha (hu) Icelandic:
klæðnaður (is) , m fatnaður , (is) föt (is) n pl Irish:
éadach m Italian:
abbigliamento (it) m Japanese: 衣服 (ja) ( いふく, ifuku )
vestītus m Latvian:
apģērbs , m tērps m Lithuanian:
drabužis (lt) , m apdaras , m rūbai (lt) pl Macedonian:
облека f ( obleka ) Norwegian:
klær (no) , pl påkledning
antrekk (no) n Nynorsk: antrekk n Ossetian:
дзаума ( ʒawma ) Persian:
لباس (fa) ( lebâs ) Polish:
strój (pl) , m ubiór (pl) m Portuguese:
vestimenta (pt) , f traje (pt) Romanian:
haină (ro) Russian:
оде́жда (ru) f ( odéžda ), пла́тье (ru) n ( plátʹje ) Scottish Gaelic:
èideadh m Spanish:
ropa (es) , f vestimenta (es) f Swedish:
dress (sv) , c dräkt (sv) , c kläder (sv) , c pl klädsel (sv) , c kostym (sv) , c toalett (sv) c Tok Pisin:
оде́жа f ( odéža ), о́дяг (uk) m ( ódjah ) Urdu:
لباس ( libās ) Vietnamese:
quần áo (vi) Welsh:
gwisg (cy) f Zazaki: pırtı , n qal (diq) n
act of putting on clothes, especially fashionable ones, or for a particular (especially formal) occasion
external covering of an animal or an object
appearance of an object after it has undergone some process or treatment to fit or prepare it for use
— see finish
external appearance of something, especially if intended to give a positive impression
— See also translations at garb
dressen, ”, in v. , Ann Arbor, Mich.: MED Online University of Michigan, 2007.
dress, ”, in v. , Oxford, Oxfordshire: OED Online
Oxford University Press, December 2021; “ dress, ”, in v. , Lexico Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
dress, ”, in n. , Oxford, Oxfordshire: OED Online
Oxford University Press, September 2021; “ dress, ”, in n. , Lexico Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
Norwegian Bokmål dress definition
English , from dress Middle English , from dressen Old French , dresser , drescer drecier ( “ to erect, set up, arrange, dress ” ), from either Medieval Latin dīrēctiō ( “ direction, aiming, correction ” ) or Vulgar Latin dirēctiāre, from Latin dīrectus ( “ straight, direct, directed ” ), from Proto-Italic *dwizrektos, perfect passive participle of dīrigō ( “ straighten, direct ” ), from Proto-Italic *dwizregō, from both dis- ( “ asunder, in pieces, apart, in two ” ), from Proto-Italic *dwis-, from Proto-Indo-European *dwís ( “ twice, doubly, in two ” ) + regō ( “ I make straight, rule ” ), from Proto-Italic *regō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃réǵeti ( “ to straighten; right ” ), from *h₃reǵ- ( “ to straighten, to right oneself, just ” ).
dress ( m definite singular , dressen indefinite plural , dresser definite plural )
( clothing ) a suit ( either formal wear, or leisure or sports wear )
imperative of dresse
Norwegian Nynorsk dress definition
English dress ( verb: kle på seg ).
dress ( m definite singular , dressen indefinite plural , dressar definite plural )
( clothing ) a suit ( either formal wear, or leisure or sports wear )