from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. best-looking; -- used of clothing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proper to be worn to church; hence, best: applied to clothes.

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

  • adj. used of clothing


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  • Many of the thirty thousand patrons pouring out of cabs and streetcars and pounding down the steps of the Addison Street L stop were dressed in go-to-meeting finery.

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

  • Ibsen, it is allowable to think, may sometimes have dreamed of a pill, "with arsenic in it, Hilda, and digitalis, too, and strychnine and the best beetle-killer," which would decimate the admirable inhabitants of Grimstad, strewing the rocks with their bodies in their go-to-meeting coats and dresses.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Unwilling to finish us off and pull the trigger, they are so desperate to preserve their Sunday go-to-meeting persona of the good guy.

    The World They've Always Wanted

  • Sure, it's great to plan for the baby and buy tiny garments and pick names, but after the first time, when you no longer have illusions about that perfect baby whose nose never runs, who never upchucks on your Sunday go-to-meeting clothes, and who sleeps at all times when not being actively displayed, there's not nearly as much anticipation and it's "ho-hum - crap, my ankles are swollen AGAIN".

    Pregnancy. Sucks.

  • Deborah asked, hands on her hips in her Sunday go-to-meeting outfit that was ready to come off at any time.

    A Love So Deep

  • Miss Snark is laughing so hard she wrinkled her Sunday go-to-meeting ensemble.

    12/10/2006 - 12/17/2006

  • That meant his best robes, for our durbar appearance at noon, with Flashy in full fig of frock coat and go-to-meeting roof, making my official bow to little Dalip enthroned in state; you'd not have recognised the lively imp of yesterday in the regal little figure all in silver, nodding his aigretted turban most condescendingly when I was presented by Lal Singh, who was second minister.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Tom thought his cap a very knowing affair, but confessed that he had a hat in his hat-box; which was accordingly at once extracted from the hind-boot, and Tom equipped in his go-to-meeting roof, as his new friend called it.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • Why, you might as well say we ought to pull down Westminster Abbey, and put up a go-to-meeting shop with churchwarden windows; or never read Shakespeare, but only Sheridan Knowles.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • It is further reported that the large collection of go-to-meeting hats, frock-coats, and patent-leather boots extorted universal admiration from all beholders.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 99, July 5, 1890


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