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

  • n. A masquerade costume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A costume, disguise to masquerade as something or someone else.
  • n. Formalwear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See dress.

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

  • n. a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party


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  • Inspector Cramer’s men had discovered that about a year ago Mr. Liggett had had a duplicate of the Kanawha Spa livery made for himself and had worn it at a fancy dress ball.

    Too Many Cooks

  • Strange to say he used always to declare that his appearance about the same time as Prince Rupert, at a fancy dress ball, given by Mrs. George Morrell, at Headington Hill Hall, afforded him a far more gratifying proof of the exceptional position he had won.

    Oscar Wilde


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