fancy dress

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fancy dress

n.
A masquerade costume.
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fancy dress

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


n.
a costume, as for a masquerade, chosen to please the wearer's fancy.
[1760–70]
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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
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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

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
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Juliet wants it to be a fancy-dress affair--abbots and crusaders and all that.
And it will go off all the better, if we begin with a Banquet, and a Fancy-dress Ball--"
Men of the world do not go to the Opera ball in fancy-dress! It was absurd.
Mr Ireton Todd is a good host, and has tracked him here, without even waiting to take off his fancy-dress."
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