Definition of battledress in English:



mass noun
  • Combat dress, particularly as worn by British soldiers during the Second World War.

    • ‘We sat with a picnic basket on a green sward and my former employer looked even more like a brigadier in his bulky battledress.’
    • ‘Forty years ago this summer, with the map of the Empire all but rolled up, the last British national servicemen returned to Blighty and swapped their battledress for demob suits.’
    • ‘After two decades as the Army's standard field clothing, the battledress uniform will be replaced.’
    • ‘Jack has taken to wearing full battledress at meetings - he says the tin helmet protects him from Jamieson.’
    • ‘Thelma, who is 46, has swapped her smart business suit for desert battledress and is now waiting at RAF Lyneham for the orders that will send her to the Gulf.’
    • ‘They thankfully were not in normal battledress, so there hopefully would not be as much attention on her.’
    • ‘After boots and battledress he rejoined academia, enrolling in a course of National Economics.’
    • ‘Twelve years later, 35-year-old David has switched his battledress for a city suit and is watching the war unfold on television.’
    • ‘I had to do this while wearing battledress still soaked with seawater from when I waded ashore from the landing craft.’