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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, appropriate for, or requiring full dress; formal.
  • adjective Complete in every respect.
  • adjective Characterized by exhaustive thoroughness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Appropriate to occasions of form or ceremony: as, a full-dress costume. See full dress, under dress.
  • Formal; elaborate; requiring full dress: as, a, full-dress reception.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun full evening dress for men.
  • adjective suitable for formal occasions.
  • adjective requiring formal clothes; -- of a social event.
  • adjective complete in every respect, including formalities; ; a full-dress investigation.

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

  • adjective (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
  • adjective suitable for formal occasions
  • adjective complete in every respect

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