Sunday clothes


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Sun′day clothes′


n.pl.
one's best clothing, as saved for Sundays and special occasions. Also called Sun′day best′.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sunday clothes - the best attire you have which is worn to church on SundaySunday clothes - the best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday
finery - elaborate or showy attire and accessories
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
References in classic literature ?
Youth was too much like the Sunday clothes of one's boyhood.
Now they got on the westbound train one morning, in their Sunday clothes, with their oilcloth valises--and I never saw them again.
Mary got your Sunday clothes ready, and everybody's been fretting about you.
So on the fourth day from that time, Silas and Eppie, in their Sunday clothes, with a small bundle tied in a blue linen handkerchief, were making their way through the streets of a great manufacturing town.
But the interest of the day's proceedings for us is centred neither in the learned discourse of our friend Van Systens, however eloquent it might be, nor in the young dandies, resplendent in their Sunday clothes, and munching their heavy cakes; nor in the poor young peasants, gnawing smoked eels as if they were sticks of vanilla sweetmeat; neither is our interest in the lovely Dutch girls, with red cheeks and ivory bosoms; nor in the fat, round mynheers, who had never left their homes before; nor in the sallow, thin travellers from Ceylon or Java; nor in the thirsty crowds, who quenched their thirst with pickled cucumbers; -- no, so far as we are concerned, the real interest of the situation, the fascinating, dramatic interest, is not to be found here.
The fat red-faced man looked after him with astonishment as he strode away; so did the people in their Sunday clothes who were out so early; the charity- boys with shining faces, the greengrocer lolling at his door, and the publican shutting his shutters in the sunshine, against service commenced.
If I'd known about it, I'd 'a put on my Sunday clothes.
He arrived in his Sunday clothes, very ill at ease among the funereal surroundings.
The latter class of gentlemen appeared in their Sunday clothes, and the greater part of the Collegians were brightened up as much as circumstances allowed.
cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him.
It was a trial to my feelings, on the next day but one, to see Joe arraying himself in his Sunday clothes to accompany me to Miss Havisham's.
Children, with bright faces, tripped merrily beside their parents, or mimicked a graver gait, in the conscious dignity of their Sunday clothes.