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Definition of "overdress" []

  • To dress oneself more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable. (verb-intransitive)
  • To dress (oneself) more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable. (verb-transitive)
  • A skirted garment, such as a pinafore, worn over other outer clothing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overdress" in a sentence
  • "While Mr. Siriano often cautions women not to overdress for a first date, he gives the opposite advice to men."
  • "Pointing to a gown in the gallery titled “Romantic Exoticism,” Bolton noted that the overdress is made from a Japanese screen that McQueen took apart."
  • "She wore a deep yellow brocade overdress with silver lace at the neck and sleeves, the skirt open in front to show a petticoat of white silk with silver interweavings."