Definition of court dress in English:

court dress

Pronunciation /ˈkôrt ˌdres/ /ˈkɔrt ˌdrɛs/


  • Formal clothing worn at a royal court.

    ‘The Powell Street Gallery presents work by Chinese artist Di Lifeng which depicts solemn-eyed young women in the traditional court dress of the Qing Dynasty.’
    • ‘The Manchu Qing dynasty codified court dress, reviving the twelve symbols of imperial authority and reserving yellow for the exclusive use of the emperor and empress.’
    • ‘Trading her court dress for a more comfortable riding outfit, the Princess hurried to a stall that was familiar to her as her own room.’
    • ‘These costumes may be tempered by the needs of decorum in some cases, but they also constitute a striking departure from the stiff formalities of court dress.’
    • ‘In addition, for official court dress the Manchus altered the Ming dragon robe by adding long fitted sleeves with horseshoe cuffs.’