Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A simple washable dress worn for housework.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A simple dress suitable for housework

Etymologies

house +‎ dress (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This would be such a great 'housedress' for me to clean in and those pockets would be great to aid in that endeavor.

    Sale! - A Dress A Day

  • That's a pretty glamorous "housedress" in my opinion.

    Zip right up - A Dress A Day

  • Maybe the front placement of the zipper dictates that it live in the "housedress" category versus the "day dress" category.

    Zip right up - A Dress A Day

  • Billie was in a rumpled blue and green plaid housedress, her thick white hair tumbling around her face.

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • She'd be a teacher, I'd be married, my grandfather dead, my grandmother still in the kitchen in her worn housedress.

    Christmas: 1972

  • Antonia stood all of maybe five feet, her back rounded and stooped, her knees gnarled like an old tree trunk beneath her flowered housedress.

    Turista

  • I don't mean to make excuses for my own pitiful performance, but I had a housedress handicap ...

    concours - French Word-A-Day

  • The heavy maroon metal door creaked open, and I faced the enemy: a tiny old lady about five feet tall, wearing a faded blue cotton housedress.

    Day of Honey

  • Presently, an extremely large, pale woman in a housedress burst into the room.

    Alteration

  • Grandmother took a wrinkled, white handkerchief from the pocket of her blue and grey, flowered housedress.

    Invisible Child

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