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fancy dress

n.
A masquerade costume.

fancy dress

n
a. costume worn at masquerades, etc, usually representing a particular role, historical figure, etc
b. (as modifier): a fancy-dress ball.

fan′cy dress′


n.
a costume, as for a masquerade, chosen to please the wearer's fancy.
[1760–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fancy dress - a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade partyfancy dress - a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
costume - the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; "he won the prize for best costume"
disguise - any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
domino - a loose hooded cloak worn with a half mask as part of a masquerade costume
false face - a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
Translations
مَلَابِسُ تَنَكُّرِيَّةملابِس تَنَكُّرِيَّه
maškarní kostýmmaškarní
udklædningkostumekostume-
naamiaispuku
kostim
jelmez
grímubúningur
仮装服
가장 무도회 의상
karnevalový kostým
kostum za maškarado
maskeradkläder
ชุดแฟนซี
balo kostümükarnaval elbisesi
quần áo hóa trang

fancy dress

ncostume m, maschera
fancy-dress ball → ballo in maschera
fancy-dress party → festa mascherata

fancy

(ˈfӕnsi) plural ˈfancies noun
1. a sudden (often unexpected) liking or desire. The child had many peculiar fancies.
2. the power of the mind to imagine things. She had a tendency to indulge in flights of fancy.
3. something imagined. He had a sudden fancy that he could see Spring approaching.
adjective
decorated; not plain. fancy cakes.
verb
1. to like the idea of having or doing something. I fancy a cup of tea.
2. to think or have a certain feeling or impression (that). I fancied (that) you were angry.
3. to have strong sexual interest in (a person). He fancies her a lot.
ˈfanciful adjective
1. inclined to have fancies, especially strange, unreal ideas. She's a very fanciful girl.
2. imaginary or unreal. That idea is rather fanciful.
ˈfancifully adverb
fancy dress clothes representing a particular character, nationality, historical period etc: He went to the party in fancy dress; (also adjective)
a fancy-dress party.
take a fancy to
to become fond of, often suddenly or unexpectedly. They bought that house because they took a fancy to it.
take one's fancy
to be liked or wanted by (someone). When I go shopping I just buy anything that takes my fancy.

fancy dress

مَلَابِسُ تَنَكُّرِيَّة maškarní kostým udklædning Maskenkostüm αποκριάτικη στολή disfraz, traje de etiqueta naamiaispuku déguisement kostim costume 仮装服 가장 무도회 의상 kostuum karnevalskostyme przebranie fantasia маскарадный костюм maskeradkläder ชุดแฟนซี balo kostümü quần áo hóa trang 化装舞会服装
References in classic literature ?
But, happy Sissy's happy children loving her; all children loving her; she, grown learned in childish lore; thinking no innocent and pretty fancy ever to be despised; trying hard to know her humbler fellow-creatures, and to beautify their lives of machinery and reality with those imaginative graces and delights, without which the heart of infancy will wither up, the sturdiest physical manhood will be morally stark death, and the plainest national prosperity figures can show, will be the Writing on the Wall, - she holding this course as part of no fantastic vow, or bond, or brotherhood, or sisterhood, or pledge, or covenant, or fancy dress, or fancy fair; but simply as a duty to be done, - did Louisa see these things of herself?
For the house party had already flung themselves impatiently into fancy dress, and the lawyer, with his neat black suit and red hair, was the only modern figure among them.
They told me I must put on fancy dress; so I did put on fancy dress, according to my own taste and fancy.
In fact he would certainly have done so, had not Ruby unearthed some old pantomime paste jewels she had worn at a fancy dress party as the Queen of Diamonds.
With these magnificent portraits, unworthily confined in a band-box during his seclusion among the market-gardens, he decorates his apartment; and as the Galaxy Gallery of British Beauty wears every variety of fancy dress, plays every variety of musical instrument, fondles every variety of dog, ogles every variety of prospect, and is backed up by every variety of flower-pot and balustrade, the result is very imposing.
The fancy dress affair will take place on the evening of December 4 with performances from bands including Crisis, Sky Valley Mistress, Digsy, Western Promise, Jamie Deary, Tweeting Jesus and Black Seasons - with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
This first Pudsey Ponder saw 10 staffers and a Mencap volunteer walk the 15 miles between the Pudsey and Huddersfield restaurants - all the while in fancy dress.
FIRE chiefs have welcomed a nationwide investigation into the safety of children's fancy dress costumes.
There was a fancy-dress motorbike parade, a treasure hunt, an under-12s fancy dress competition, face painting, a prize raffle, cream teas, and live music by celebrated local musician Mike Lockey.
A CITY MP is demanding a change in official safety rules to protect children from fancy dress costumes which catch fire easily - after TV host Claudia Winkleman's daughter suffered horrific burns.
MPS are demanding a change in official safety rules to protect children from fancy dress costumes which catch fire easily, after TV host Claudia Winkleman's daughter suffered horrific burns.
Mr Watson, MP for West Bromwich East and one of the candidates standing for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party, is one of a number of MPs demanding the Government ends a loophole which means fancy dress costumes are classed as toys rather than clothing.