Definition of glad rags in US English:

glad rags

plural noun

informal
  • Clothes for a special occasion; one's best clothes.

    • ‘The Oscars are traditionally a night when the stars step out in their glad rags having spent a couple of days getting ready - hours with the make-up artists, hairdresser, stylist.’
    • ‘It's the night of nights for the science glitterati of Australia, a chance for scientists and their mates to whip off their lab coats and don their glad rags.’
    • ‘She puts on her glad rags and gets into the penthouse before Fred can get out.’
    • ‘And so the search continues, so if you've nothing better to do this weekend (your hair is clean enough), then throw on the glad rags, gather your single friends and hit the town.’
    • ‘They gave me a ring and told me to get my glad rags on.’
    • ‘Wear an old coat over your glad rags, though - sparks will fly.’
    • ‘They would have donned their glad rags a week later for the official opening on 8 May, the same day the town's gasworks opened.’
    • ‘Get your glad rags on and make an effort to look smart and attractive.’
    • ‘People dress up to go out, so bring your glad rags and perhaps even a tie, if you're a bloke.’
    • ‘So start sorting out your glad rags and get ready to party.’
    • ‘It's the January sales, after all - this is your subconscious telling you to spend money on lots of glad rags.’
    • ‘The very concept of partying does not have to necessarily mean putting on your glad rags and freaking out.’
    • ‘A couple are preparing to get their glad rags on as they exchange their marriage vows at a rock 'n' roll themed wedding.’
    • ‘The food's only part of the attraction: just being there in your glad rags, watching the faces at other tables and posing for them in turn, is all part of what makes it an occasion.’
    • ‘Get your glad rags on and head back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s to dance the night away while raising money for charity.’
    • ‘We had our glad rags on and the men put on their dinner suits.’
    • ‘The prospect of being single again exhilarated me, and I might have put on my glad rags and gone stepping out that very evening if it hadn't been for the rooftop party we'd been invited to.’
    • ‘One woman, going out of the village for a night out, jumped into the large flood-resistant four-wheel drive vehicle, glad rags and all, ready for a lift out to her car.’
    • ‘Ladies, it is time to get your glad rags on and show off your summer tan.’
    • ‘Reviewers are likely to mistake, if not nudity for new clothes, bizarre glad rags for haute couture.’
    best clothes, finery, sunday best
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Pronunciation

glad rags

/ˈɡlæd ˌræɡz//ˈɡlad ˌraɡz/