Main definitions of dresser in English

: dresser1dresser2

dresser1

noun

  • 1A sideboard with shelves above for storing and displaying plates and kitchen utensils.

    • ‘Yeah, he climbs on the kitchen cabinets and dressers.’
    • ‘From here, a glass-panelled door connects to the large country style kitchen with its pine dresser and cupboards.’
    • ‘They kept a creamery book behind the plates on the top shelf of the dresser in the kitchen so that they could see at a glance how much milk they had delivered to their co-op.’
    • ‘A dinged-up dresser and desk sat on the adjacent wall, both nicked and scratched from years of abuse.’
    • ‘It belonged in the trash bin, not displayed out in the dresser.’
    • ‘He has a great assortment of tables, chairs, bookcases, intricate and unusual shelving, dressers, coffee tables and a wonderful bed and bedside lockers, all crafted by Jimmy himself.’
    • ‘Dining-room storage tends to come in the form of dressers, tall cupboards or armoires, and sideboards.’
    • ‘The furniture included a forties dresser, an oval sixties coffee table and two much newer Scandinavian-style bookcases of unvarnished pine.’
    • ‘There are no cupboards but there is an open dresser with shelves for the china.’
    • ‘During the 19th century chinaware became more affordable, and was openly displayed, making dressers very popular.’
    1. 1.1North American A chest of drawers.
      • ‘Two squat dressers, two drawers each, held her clothes, and were also flanked by realistically drawn climbing ivy.’
      • ‘She kept her diary in the drawer of her dresser and locked it.’
      • ‘She pulled open the bottom drawer of the dresser and selected sheets, a pillow, and a light quilt and made the bed as smoothly as she could.’
      • ‘I opened the first two drawers in the dresser and filled them.’
      • ‘I still have it in the top drawer of my dresser next to an old Scout knife, an envelope containing a bit of hair from my border collie and two French coins.’
      • ‘He looked under the bed, in her dresser drawers, in her closet.’
      • ‘There were two dressers with drawers matching the same mahogany of the bed and a little cot in one corner set up for her.’
      • ‘All I had to do was pull out the drawers from her dresser and put them on the bed, and Sara took care of the rest.’
      • ‘When we were done, the bed was completely under the window, with a desk, dresser, and chest of drawers against the walls.’
      • ‘Finally he pulled out a shirt from a drawer in his dresser.’
      • ‘I grab a handful of clothes and stuff it into the drawer of the mahogany dresser next to one of the king-sized beds.’
      • ‘It may be installed in a dresser or desk drawer or detached and mounted in a vehicle.’
      • ‘Several duffle bags of baby food and supplies were stowed under our beds and in several drawers of the dressers.’
      • ‘Before I could stop him, he was hurriedly picking up the clothes from the floor and shoving them in random drawers of the dresser.’
      • ‘There were two double beds, two bedside tables, and two dressers with six drawers each.’
      • ‘He folded his clothes nicely into the drawers of his dresser, and partly filled his closet.’
      • ‘She sat the helmet on the table and opened the top drawer of her dresser.’
      • ‘He walked over to her dresser and opened the drawer; his jaw dropped.’
      • ‘I went to my dresser, opened the drawer, and counted about 25 t-shirts of my own.’
      • ‘Destiny put her stuff in one of the empty drawers in her dresser and sat back down at the table with tears in her eyes.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a kitchen sideboard or table on which food was prepared): from Old French dresseur, from dresser prepare (see dress).

Pronunciation

dresser

/ˈdrɛsə/

Main definitions of dresser in English

: dresser1dresser2

dresser2

noun

  • 1[with adjective] A person who dresses in a specified way:

    ‘a snappy dresser’
    • ‘Utilitarian dressers are likely to have bought their garb from British Home Stores and the Co-operative Society.’
    • ‘He was resistant at first, but soon became a careful dresser and appreciative of his wife's flair for interior design.’
    • ‘I was a tomboy, a horrible dresser, a fashion disaster as a child, and I really didn't care.’
    • ‘He was a most neat dresser when he paid his visits to Tubber on a fair day or any other time.’
    • ‘If dad's a conservative dresser, he'll have a patterned jumper or two.’
    • ‘Not only is she a brilliant writer, a snappy dresser, and a damn fine friend, she's also so right.’
    • ‘My mother was a fantastic dresser and wore purple suede lace-up boots, loose clothes, headscarves and jewellery.’
    • ‘Edward was a dapper dresser, and he liked people to pay attention to such things - for their own sake, and because he liked the idea of style.’
    • ‘In London, it was a snappy dresser with a bowler hat.’
    • ‘To walk along any street in central Scotland is to appreciate what snappy dressers they are in downtown Tirana.’
    • ‘In fact, he's a snappy dresser, with a penchant for Paul Smith suits and shirts, so his slippers would probably be hand-embroidered velvet.’
    • ‘And surprise surprise, there were some flashes of hot pink that may force some conservative dressers to do a rethink.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, it concluded that he is a fantastic footballer, a great dresser and makes lots of money for his family, which is good of him.’
    • ‘None of this bothers me; some of the worst dressers in the world have produced some of the best music.’
    • ‘Another quick tip to help you seem like a simple, classy dresser is to avoid T-shirts with beer, sport or rock group logos.’
    • ‘The first and most obvious thing is that we are both flashy dressers.’
    • ‘The first three issues reveal a handsome kid - strong, quick on the draw, and a snappy dresser.’
    • ‘And he was stylish, a cool dresser with a thin moustache.’
    • ‘My own son Jonny, now 7, is a snappy dresser, an avid film buff, and a splendid host.’
    • ‘The Japanese are the most stylish dressers, the kindest hosts and the sweetest music fans in the world.’
    1. 1.1 A person who habitually dresses in a smart or elegant way:
      ‘she's gorgeous—and she's a dresser’
      • ‘Billy has the build, and he's a dresser just like my dad, very classy.’
      • ‘He's a dresser, a ladies man.’
  • 2A person whose job is to look after theatrical costumes and help actors to dress.

    • ‘What do you get when you cross a cross-dressing actor with a cross-acting dresser?’
    • ‘But last September she applied to be a backstage helper in a panto and said she wanted to be Miss Garland's dresser.’
    • ‘As a teenager he became a dresser for a celebrated Kabuki performer in Tokyo, who arranged for him to study singing and dancing.’
    • ‘Despite its razor-sharp timing and awesome technical demands, the show was staged entirely by ten actors and three technical crew with no stage managers or dressers to help.’
    • ‘Once in New York, Emma Lou works as a dresser for the actress Arline Strange.’
    • ‘This year, I became a dresser - one of an army of wardrobe staff which ensures the show and stars look good on stage.’
    • ‘Raymond began his career as a foundry worker, with subsequent stints as a tram-driver, street-seller, and dresser in the theatre.’
    • ‘Solo singing was augmented by the use of strap-on microphones, which posed a challenge to the dressers as actors were readied for their turns on the stage.’
    • ‘I was a trainee wig dresser for theatres at night.’
    • ‘They could get close to the acting scene by being dressers of the actors, but behind the scenes they learned the lines of the plays, waiting for the day the acting rules changed.’
    • ‘Two years later, he got his first theatre job - as a stage hand and a dresser.’
    • ‘Trefor started working in the theatre as a wig maker / dresser and soon began doing make-up for opera companies.’
  • 3British A person who assists a surgeon during operations.

    • ‘His thoughts went back, inopportunely enough, to the time when he had been surgeon's dresser in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.’
    • ‘Undaunted by having only a bare, isolated hillside without running water or electricity he designed, built, and organised a hospital, training young Africans as nurses and dressers.’
    • ‘He became a surgeon's dresser in St. Thomas's Hospital.’
    • ‘A surgeon's dresser was leaning over him; packing his wound with basilicum powder and bandaging him up.’
  • 4A person who prepares, treats, or finishes a material or piece of equipment.

    • ‘That was a claim by several steel dressers who were suffering from pneumoconiosis attributable to defective ventilation in a factory.’
    • ‘Does anyone have any idea what steel dressers and steel moulders did in a steelworks?’

Pronunciation

dresser

/ˈdrɛsə/