from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, appropriate for, or requiring full dress; formal: a full-dress uniform; a full-dress ceremony.
- adj. Complete in every respect: a full-dress debate.
- adj. Characterized by exhaustive thoroughness: a full-dress investigation of the scandal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. suitable for formal occasions.
- adj. requiring formal clothes; -- of a social event.
- adj. complete in every respect, including formalities; ; a full-dress investigation.
- n. full evening dress for men.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Appropriate to occasions of form or ceremony: as, a full-dress costume. See full dress, under dress.
- Formal; elaborate; requiring full dress: as, a, full-dress reception.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
- adj. suitable for formal occasions
- adj. complete in every respect
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Five years of full-dress dinners, Latin grammar, lacrosse, and daily chapel, lacquered me to a glossy Boston-Episcopalian sheen, so that by the time I arrived at Dartmouth
This is the first full-dress show in Britain for half a century.
After the Great Avatar-Betsey Johnson blowout on Thursday, I don't have it in me to do a full-dress review of the two (!) things we saw last night.
The influence of top-tier producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, whose credits include the Oscar-winning movie version of Chicago, can be felt in those razzle-dazzling moments when a sweaty rehearsal suddenly shifts into a full-dress production number, the dream realized if only in their heads for now.
On the idea of a full-dress debate, Keefer said, "I'm certain there was never any mention of an audience."
Until now these were divided between an hourlong documentary and a full-dress performance, both brilliantly conceived, executed, filmed and edited.
In another picture taken the same year, there is only one person on the sidewalk in front of the Eastern Air Lines building in Rockefeller Plaza, a doorman wearing a full-dress uniform cap.
Donald Alston, a large, somewhat florid-faced man in full-dress Air Force uniform.
Sui generis law, such as semiconductor chip protection and vessel hull design protection, for subject matter in need of some protection against lazy copying but not needing full-dress protection.
They include salon-style hangings of portraits from the early 19th century to today in "The Artist Revealed: A Panorama of Great Artist Portraits"; 100 American paintings 1820s to the 1970s from the NAM's permanent collection of more than 7,000 pictures in "An American Collection"; as well as three shows featuring works of representational and abstract painting, architecture and sculpture by contemporary and postwar academicians; and the full-dress, late-career retrospective "Will Barnet at 100."
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