dress noun

1 piece of clothing

ADJ. ankle-length, full-length, long | short | skimpy | clinging, figure-hugging, tight, tight-fitting | loose-fitting, shapeless | full-skirted | backless, high-necked, low-cut, off-the-shoulder, revealing, sleeveless, strapless | slinky | cotton, silk, etc. | day, evening, Sunday | ball, cocktail, dinner, maternity, party, wedding

VERB + DRESS zip (up) | unzip | hitch up, lift, pull up She hitched up her long dress so it wouldn't drag in the mud. | pull down | smooth She sat down and smoothed her dress over her legs.

DRESS + NOUN material | shop | designer | size

PREP. in a/the ~ She appeared in a slinky satin dress. > Special page at CLOTHES

2 clothes for either men or women

ADJ. ceremonial, formal | casual, informal | correct | evening | modern | period | national, traditional He was wearing traditional Scottish dress. | fancy | battle, military | civilian

DRESS + NOUN code The club has a strict dress code. | sense He's got poor dress sense. | shirt | uniform in full dress uniform

PREP. in … ~ a performance of ‘Hamlet’ in modern dress