American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of dressing or grooming oneself; toilet.
- n. A person's dress or style of dress.
- n. A gown or costume.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See toilet.
- n. archaic A dressing table, typically covered to the floor with cloth (originally, toile) and lace, on which stood a mirror, which might also be draped in lace.
- n. alternative spelling of toilet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See toilet, 3.
- n. the act of dressing and preparing yourself
- Borrowing from French toilette, more at toilet. (Wiktionary)
- French; see toilet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He added that "her toilette is rich but bizarre, and recalls the dress of Guercini's sibyls" with their loosely fitting, shoulder-baring costumes, again reminiscent of Sappho and the Grecian-draped Emma Hamilton (qtd. in Fraser,”
“Originally, a toilette was a dressing table and all its accoutrements, including a toile covering that hung to the floor.”
“Happiness is the poetry of woman, as the toilette is her tinsel.”
“An indispensable feature of the toilette is the so-called”
“Her body was modestly invested in a thin pattern of tattoo, and a gauze-work of oil and camwood; the rest of the toilette was a dwarf pigeon-tail of fan - palm, like that of the men, and a manner of apron, white beads, and tree bark, greasy and reddened: the latter was tucked under and over the five lines of cowries, which acted as cestus to the portly middle, "big as a budget.”
“Mademoiselle Mars presides also over her toilette, which is always appropriate and becoming.”
“A simple robe of _organdie_, with long sleeves, a _canezou_ of net, a light scarf, and a pretty _chapeau_ of _paille de riz_, form this becoming toilette, which is considered a suitable one for all theatres, except the Opera, where ladies go in a richer dress.”
“With a shrill little laugh, the lady kissed her dear friend affectionately -- and if the caress was not returned with very great fervour, it may be presumed that this coldness was due more to the unlovely impression created by the night 'toilette' of the Ever -”
“But what puzzles me is to think how he could possibly know you were going to make any special 'toilette' this evening.”
“American quickly reflected that the somewhat elaborate "toilette" was unusual, and connected it with the expected visitor.”
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