from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having no back, said of things that typically have backs, such as chairs or dresses
  • adj. having an uncovered back, having a back that shows skin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without a back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a back: as, backless benches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking a back


back + -less (Wiktionary)


  • It's hideously severe from the front and it's backless, which is fine on a dress for a party, but for the red carpet a backless dress is a disaster.

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  • ( "It is the ultimate 'backless' dress," Mr. Gaultier wrote in the museum notes.)

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  • While at it, looks like they're in the mood for some 'backless' fun too!

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  • Last year, Miley's "backless" photo lit a firestorm of controversy that's still burning in Search.

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  • Clad in a form-fitting, backless, chocolate-beaded, Valentino jumpsuit with matching, chocolate satin, Jimmy Choo heels that wrapped and tied around her ankles, Keshari was positively stunning.

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  • I sat on my leather chair and wondered why a bride would want to eat a ham and turkey sandwich in a satin backless wedding dress.

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  • Her stiff hair stands straight up in a broom-brush mohawk all the way down her spine, bracketed by her backless purple evening dress.

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  • I picked out backless sundresses and leather sandals with heels; one pair laced up to my knees.

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  • She was athletic and wearing a backless unitard and shorts, the sort of thing Kit would wear, only this girl had much better posture and infinitely more grace.

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