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

  • adj. Showy or elegant in dress or appearance.
  • adj. Smart; stylish.

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  • adj. elegant, smart or stylish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Showy in dress; attentive to dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fond of dress; given to elaborate or showy dressing.
  • Having an air of fashion or dress; modish; stylish: said of garments or materials.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in fancy clothing


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