from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a parade in full uniform for review.
- n. See under Dress, and Undress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Milit., a tactical ceremonial or parade in full uniform.
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Somebody'd ordered up a dress parade and Nate's band played 'Dixie.'
I had a fistcuff in ranks as we were forming for dress parade one evning, but Sergeant Allen
Thursday we dined at Mrs. Compton's with the same party, went to dress parade in the evening but were too late, went again yesterday evening and saw Col. Flournoy's regiment parade, I had never seen it before and was perfectly delighted.