fancy dress

fan·cy dress
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fan-see dres]
    • /ˈfæn si drɛs/
    • /ˈfænsi dres/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan-see dres]
    • /ˈfæn si drɛs/

Definitions of fancy dress words

  • noun fancy dress a costume for a ball, masquerade, etc., chosen to please the fancy, usually a costume characteristic of a particular period or place, class of persons, or historical or fictitious character. 1
  • noun fancy dress costume, disguise 1
  • noun fancy dress formal or evening clothes 1
  • uncountable noun fancy dress 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. 0
  • noun fancy dress costume worn at masquerades, etc, usually representing a particular role, historical figure, etc 0
  • noun fancy dress (as modifier) 0

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Origin of fancy dress

First appearance:

before 1760
One of the 46% newest English words
First recorded in 1760-70

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Parts of speech for Fancy dress


fancy dress popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fancy dress usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fancy dress

noun fancy dress

  • apparel — Apparel means clothes, especially formal clothes worn on an important occasion.
  • regalia — finery, full formal dress
  • frippery — finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
  • gear — Machinery. a part, as a disk, wheel, or section of a shaft, having cut teeth of such form, size, and spacing that they mesh with teeth in another part to transmit or receive force and motion. an assembly of such parts. one of several possible arrangements of such parts in a mechanism, as an automobile transmission, for affording different relations of torque and speed between the driving and the driven machinery, or for permitting the driven machinery to run in either direction: first gear; reverse gear. a mechanism or group of parts performing one function or serving one purpose in a complex machine: steering gear.
  • suit — a set of clothing, armor, or the like, intended for wear together.

Antonyms for fancy dress

noun fancy dress

  • rags — a musical composition in ragtime: a piano rag.

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