Definition of fancy dress in US English:

fancy dress


  • An unusual or amusing costume worn to make someone look like a famous person, fictional character, or an animal, especially as part of a theme at a party.

    • ‘Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has arrived in costume is invited onto the stage to show off.’
    • ‘Following this is a fancy-dress competition, in which everyone in a Von Trapp costume will be invited on stage.’
    • ‘They talk of going to future fancy-dress parties and of the costumes worn there.’
    • ‘The costume party is formatted as a multi-venue themed fancy-dress art party and is attended by 8000 thousand partygoers - who arrive in teams in matching costumes - somehow related to the theme.’
    • ‘Don't bother hiring an expensive fancy-dress costume.’
    disguise, veil, false face, domino, stocking mask
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fancy dress

/ˈˌfansē ˈdres//ˈˌfænsi ˈdrɛs/