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Dress appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Traci times it; nastiness elicits a lesser dress elastic; I lessen its anti-semitic art.
  • "Smartening – no, masterful! – I open a snide veil, eradicate grosser dress or get acid," a relieved insane poilu frets, among nine trams.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun dress:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb dress:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb dress and its most common antonym:


The word dress is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun dress

What does dress mean as a name of something?

Dress is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: dresses

  1. a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of dress: frock
    • more generic term: woman's clothing = clothing that is designed for women to wear
    • more specific terms:
      • caftan / kaftan = a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
      • chemise / shift / sack = a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
      • coatdress = a dress that is tailored like a coat and buttons up the front
      • cocktail dress / sheath = a dress suitable for formal occasions
      • dirndl = a dress with a tight bodice and full skirt
      • gown = a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
      • pinafore / jumper / pinny = a sleeveless dress resembling an apron
      • kirtle = a long dress worn by women
      • morning dress = a woman's informal dress for housework
      • Mother Hubbard / muumuu = a woman's loose unbelted dress
      • polonaise = a woman's dress with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to reveal a colorful underskirt
      • saree / sari = a dress worn primarily by Hindu women
      • shirtdress = a dress that is tailored like a shirt and has buttons all the way down the front
      • strapless = a woman's garment that exposes the shoulders and has no shoulder straps
      • sundress = a light loose sleeveless summer dress with a wide neckline and thin shoulder straps that expose the arms and shoulders
    • parts:
      • bodice = part of a dress above the waist
      • neckline = the line formed by the edge of a garment around the neck
      • slide fastener / zip fastener / zipper / zip = a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab
      • hemline = the line formed by the lower edge of a skirt or coat
  2. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  3. clothing in general

Alternative definition of the noun dress


  1. [countable] 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.
  2. [uncountable] Apparel, clothing.

Definition of the adjective dress

What does dress mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: dresser |

  1. suitable for formal occasions
    • examples: a full-dress uniform | dress shoes
    • synonym of dress: full-dress
    • similar: formal
  2. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
    • examples: a dress dinner | a full-dress ceremony
    • synonym of dress: full-dress
    • similar: formal

Definition of the verb dress

What does dress mean as a doing word?

Dress is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: dressed | dressing | dresses

  1. put on clothes
  2. provide with clothes or put clothes on
  3. put a finish on
    • example: dress the surface smooth
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: finish = provide with a finish
  4. dress in a certain manner
    • examples: She dresses in the latest Paris fashion | he dressed up in a suit and tie
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of dress: dress up
    • more generic term: get dressed = put on clothes
    • more specific word: vest = clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
  5. dress or groom with elaborate care
  6. kill and prepare for market or consumption
    • example: dress a turkey
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of dress: dress out
    • more generic words: cook / fix / make / prepare / ready = prepare for eating by applying heat
    • entailment: kill = cause to die
  7. arrange in ranks
    • example: dress troops
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of dress: line up
    • more generic word: position = cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  8. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  9. provide with decoration
    • example: dress the windows
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of dress: decorate
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
  10. put a dressing on
    • examples: dress the salads | The chefs dress the vegetables
    • domain: cookery / cooking / preparation
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: apply / put on = apply to a surface
  11. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    • example: dress the plants in the garden
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of dress: clip / crop / cut back / lop / prune / snip / trim
    • more generic term: thin out = make sparse
    • more specific words:
      • shear = cut with shears
      • pollard / poll = convert into a pollard
      • pinch / top = cut the top off
      • disbud = thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
  12. cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: pare / trim = remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
  13. convert into leather
    • example: dress the tanned skins
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: convert = change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  14. apply a bandage or medication to
  15. give a neat appearance to
  16. arrange attractively
    • examples: dress my hair for the wedding | They dress their hair
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of dress: arrange / coif / coiffe / coiffure / do / set
    • more generic words: groom / neaten = care for one's external appearance
    • more specific words:
      • bob = cut hair in the style of a bob
      • wave = set waves in

Alternative definition of the verb dress


  1. [obsolete, reflexive, intransitive] To prepare oneself; to make ready.
  2. [transitive] To fit out with the necessary clothing; to clothe, put clothes on (something or somebody).
  3. [intransitive] To clothe oneself; to put on clothes.
    • [intransitive] Of a man, to allow the genitals to fall to one side or other of the trousers.
    • [transitive] To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).
    • [transitive] To bandage (a wound).
    • [transitive] To prepare (food) for cooking, especially by seasoning it.


    Dress is a musical group.

    • album: "The Image Reduction Plan"


    1. "Dress" is the seventh single released by the Japanese rock band Buck Tick, released on May 21, 1993. It appeared 6 times in the Oricon Chart during 1993.
    2. "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.
    3. "Dress" is the 1991 single by PJ Harvey.
      • released in (25 years ago)
    4. "Dress" is a 1993 album by Buck-Tick.
      • genre: Rock music
      • released on (22 years ago)
    5. "Dress" is a musical album of TM Network.
      • released on
    6. "DRESS" is a musical album of Shizuka Kudo.
      • released on (18 years ago)
    7. "DRESS" is a musical album of CHIHIRO.
      • released on (6 years ago)


    1. "Dress" a.k.a. "The Dress" or De jurk is a 1996 Dutch comedy film drama directed by Alex van Warmerdam.
    2. "Dress" is a short film, directed by Henry Ian Cusick.


    Dress is an exhibition subject.

    Phrases with Dress

    Phrases starting with the word Dress:

    1. Dress'd
    2. dress up
    3. dress hat
    4. dress out
    5. dress coat
    6. dress code
    7. dress down
    8. Dress form
    9. dress rack
    10. dress ship
    11. dress shop
    12. dress suit
    13. dress blues
    14. dress shirt

    Phrases ending with the word Dress:

    1. E-Dress
    2. top-dress
    3. full dress
    4. full-dress
    5. Mess dress
    6. cross-dress

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dress

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    Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

    by Diagram Group

    jumper A sleeveless, one-piece dress usually worn over a blouse or sweater. kaffiyeh A headdress worn by Arab men, consisting of a square of cloth held on by a band. khaki A hard-wearing, light yellowish brown cloth, ...

    Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Tokyo (2011)

    by Roman Cybriwsky

    Japan's national dress, the kimono, was the fashion standard. Kimonos and other traditional Japanese dress continue to be highly valued in Japanese society, with those items with the best designs and the highest-quality workmanship and ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of American Indian Costume (1996)

    by Josephine Paterek

    Regarding the dress of these people, there was no Great Basin costume, ...

    Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

    Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

    dress. Perchestgith. a. Cullis. of. arrayGUT. your Perches, lay them into a Stew- pan, with two Glasses of' White-wine, a little Vinegar, and as much Water as will cover them, and some Slices of Lemons, 'a Bay Leaf, Cives, Parfiey, and some ...

    Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1881)

    by Richard Soule

    Dress, garment, clothes, apparel, raiment, vesture, garb, habit, costume, vestment . Habit, n. 1. Condition (ofthe body), constitution, temperament. 2. Custom (of an individual), usage, wont, practice, habitude, way, manner, second nature. 3.

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    Quotes about Dress

    Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. (Elsa Schiaparelli)
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    Scrabble value of D2R1E1S1S1

    The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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