Dress definitions list
Various dress definitions for fashionistas. Read to learn more.
dress a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice.
bodice – part of a dress above the waist.
coatdress – a dress that is tailored like a coat and buttons up the front.
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.
kirtle – a long dress worn by women.
neckline – the line formed by the edge of a garment around the neck.
polonaise – a woman’s dress with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to reveal a colorful underskirt.
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.
hemline – the line formed by the lower edge of a skirt or coat.
dress – clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; “formal attire”;
“battle dress”ao dai
the traditional dress of Vietnamese women consisting of a tunic with long sleeves and panels front and back; the tunic is worn over trousers.
costume – the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; “he won the prize for best costume.”
costume – the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class; “he wore his national costume.”
costume – unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place; “in spite of the heat he insisted on his woolen costume.”
costume – the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
disguise – any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer’s identity.
finery – elaborate or showy attire and accessories.
habit – a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order.
dress – clothing in general; “she was refined in her choice of apparel”; “he always bought his clothes at the same store”; “fastidious about his dress.”
workwear – heavy-duty clothes for manual or physical work
dress – put on clothes; “we had to dress quickly”; “dress the patient”; “Can the child dress by herself?”
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out,
trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up – put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; “She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera”; “The young girls were all fancied up for the party.”
prink – dress very carefully and in a finicky manner.
bundle up – dress warmly; “Mother bundled up the children for the long way to school.”
don, put on, get into, wear, assume – put clothing on one’s body; “What should I wear today?”; “He put on his best suit for the wedding”; “The princess donned a long blue dress”; “The queen assumed the stately robes”; “He got into his jeans.”
change – undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature; “She changed completely as she grew older”; “The weather changed last night.”
change – change clothes; put on different clothes; “Change before you go to the opera.”
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up – put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; “She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera”; “The young girls were all fancied up for the party.”
jacket – put a jacket on; “The men were jacketed.”
vesture – provide or cover with a cloak.
overdress – dress too warmly; “You should not overclothe the child–she will be too hot.”
underdress – dress without sufficient warmth; “She was underdressed for the hiking trip and suffered hypothermia.”
shoe – furnish with shoes; “the children were well shoed.”
coat – cover or provide with a coat.
finish – provide with a finish; “The carpenter finished the table beautifully”; “this shirt is not finished properly”
dress – dress in a certain manner; “She dresses in the latest Paris fashion”; “he dressed up in a suit and tie.”
dress – arrange in ranks; “dress troops.”
position – cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
dress – decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods.