American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Clothing worn for evening social events. Also called evening clothes.
- n. See evening gown.
- n. countable An elegant dress worn by women, especially for social events in the evening, evening gown
- n. uncountable formal attire worn for evening social events.
- n. attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
“The last person I had expected to see Frank usher in was Serge Lubomirski, in full evening dress and bearing, to my disgust, a bunch of roses that he offered with a bow to Astrid.”
“And so he sauntered forward with elaborate carelessness — his flushed face, his evening dress of fine cloth and fine linen, his hands half-thrust into his waistcoat pockets, all shone upon by the strange evening light which the light clouds had caught up even to the zenith, and were now shedding down between the topmost branches above him.”
“This fancy-ball was not a bal costumé, but simply an occasion on which the stringent rules regulating evening dress were relaxed.”
“ One evening dress in palest Nile green silk completed her new wardrobe, and although she could barely afford it, Felicia could not deny that the slender slip of fabric was infinitely becoming, tiny diamante straps supporting the swathed bodice, the skirt falling in folds to whisper seductively round slender legs.”
““Boring,” she sang, rushed out to her room and returned with the low-cut black evening dress she wanted me to wear.”
“The audience were young ladies in full evening dress and young men in white vests, white neckties, and swallow-tails.”
“Miss Bellever wore a high black dress, Mildred Strete wore evening dress and a woollen cardigan over it.”
“The dark uniform of evening dress suited Ish, the black broadcloth and white ruffled shirt setting off his dark spareness, whereas it only gave Jason a bull-in-a-china-shop air of having wandered into the wrong place in the wrong clothes.”
“Instead of an evening dress which had somehow contrived to look both over the top and cheap at the same time, she wore a baggy Aran sweater over a pair of jodhpur-style leggings.”
“I have before noted that my father had really no evening dress or uniform and was sorely put to it what to do, when he remembered he had given his servant Jack Butler an old black coat, so he borrowed it for the occasion, Butler remarking 'that it looked as good as new, as he had blacked the seams with ink.”
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