fancy dress
noun Date: 1770 a costume (as for a masquerade) chosen to suit the wearer's fancy

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  • fancy dress — n [U] BrE clothes that you wear, especially to parties, that make you look like a famous person, a character from a story etc ▪ an invitation to a fancy dress party …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fancy dress — noun uncount clothes that you wear for fun to make you look like a particular famous person or a particular type of person, at a fancy dress party …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fancy dress — ► NOUN ▪ a costume worn to make someone look like a famous person, fictional character, or an animal …   English terms dictionary

  • fancy dress — n. a masquerade costume …   English World dictionary

  • fancy dress — noun (BrE) ⇨ See also ↑costume VERB + FANCY DRESS ▪ don, wear ▪ Several of the managers donned fancy dress for the office party. FANCY DRESS + NOUN ▪ ball, party …   Collocations dictionary

  • fancy dress — N UNCOUNT: oft N n Fancy dress is clothing that you wear for a party at which everyone tries to look like a famous person or a person from a story, from history, or from a particular profession. Guests were told to come in fancy dress... He… …   English dictionary

  • fancy dress — UK / US noun [uncountable] British clothes that you wear for fun to make you look like a particular famous person or a particular type of person, at a fancy dress party Some of the party guests turned up in fancy dress …   English dictionary

  • fancy dress — noun (U) BrE clothes that make you look like a famous person, a character from a story etc: a fancy dress party …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fancy dress — fan′cy dress′ n. clo a costume, as for a masquerade, chosen to please the wearer s fancy • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • fancy dress — /fænsi ˈdrɛs/ (say fansee dres) noun 1. dress chosen in accordance with the wearer s fancy, for wear at a ball or the like, as that characteristic of a particular period or place, class of persons, or historical or fictitious character. 2. any… …   Australian English dictionary

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