American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A masquerade costume.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dress.
- n. a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
“Inspector Cramer’s men had discovered that about a year ago Mr. Liggett had had a duplicate of the Kanawha Spa livery made for himself and had worn it at a fancy dress ball.”
“Strange to say he used always to declare that his appearance about the same time as Prince Rupert, at a fancy dress ball, given by Mrs. George Morrell, at Headington Hill Hall, afforded him a far more gratifying proof of the exceptional position he had won.”
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