from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Festal garb; gala-dress.


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  • Fittingly, the first issue of Mensweek features a cover story dubbed "Is Men's Wear Back?" in which a behavioral-finance expert contends the recession has ignited a competitive fire among men to out-dress their peers.

    Media Business Shorts

  • At that time, it wasn't necessary to out-dress them on the stage.

    CNN Transcript May 20, 2001

  • I 'm dead sick of parties, and flirtations, trying to out-dress my neighbors, and going the same round year after year, like a squirrel in a cage.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • The other ladies seemed to have vied with each other to out-dress one another, surpassing even their gay attire at their winter receptions.

    Three Years on the Plains Observations of Indians, 1867-1870

  • "I don't want to look as though I was trying to out-dress anyone."

    Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall

  • Did not see a pretty woman in Ark., though they out-dress N.C. women.

    Letter from Cornelia Phillips Spencer to Laura Caroline Phillips, May 26, 1869

  • To cheat the professors by ingenious stratagems, and to out-dress her companions, seemed the sum total of the girl's aspirations; and gradually, in lieu of the indifference she evinced toward her room-mate, a positive hatred made itself apparent in numberless trifles.

    Macaria; or, Altars of Sacrifice

  • About once a year, I go to an event where I'm completely outshone by people who out-dress me and out-accessorize me.

    The Jewelry Weblog

  • The 60-year-old grew up in London when much of it was stubbornly ungentrified, and young working-class men were only beginning to have enough spare cash to buy records and out-dress their betters.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • “But don’t try to out-dress the rich girls from the city … unless you, too, are rich.”

    My Sweet Audrina


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