ball gown

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ball gown the most formal gown; worn to a ball
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Usage

In literature:

The staff thought it looked Parisian, and nursed the idea that it had once held a ball gown.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Also of his inamorata in a ball gown, eyes lowered to a rose drooping from her hand.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
She took off her thin cotton gown quickly, and put on the ball-dress.
"Elder Conklin" by Frank Harris
Gorgeously dressed in a ball gown, she was in a beautiful room in her father's house.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
When I reached home, I found Sally in her upstairs sitting-room with Jessy, who was trying on an elaborate ball gown of white lace.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
He remembered her in her beautiful ball gown.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I could have presents of ball gowns, but of course I won't accept them.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Now the stores furnish everything from a handkerchief to a ball-gown, and from bread to canned roast beef.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Your hair well fixed, and a nice-fitting dressing-gown may make you look as attractive as a beautiful ball-dress.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
I had a ball-room gown, but it was not a suitable color.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
She took Korynthia's gown for a ball-dress.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
He knew more about balls and ball-gowns than any young girl on the island.
"Napoleon's Young Neighbor" by Helen Leah Reed
I must see and coax papa to buy me a new gown against the ball.
"The Parent's Assistant" by Maria Edgeworth
The third act began, in which Elizabeth was dressed in a spangled green ball-gown.
"Polly in New York" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
So Madeleine cried a little, and then wiped her eyes, and fell to thinking of her gown for the fancy ball at Alvery next month.
"Diana Tempest, Volume II (of 3)" by Mary Cholmondeley
I'm told you want a gown for a ball to-morrow.
"Rich Relatives" by Compton Mackenzie
Puffy white petticoats, fluffy white gown; Why, what a great ball of thistle-down!
"In My Nursery" by Laura E. Richards
The sight of her eldest daughter all dressed in the ball gown brought tears of regret to poor Mrs. Carter's eyes.
"The Carter Girls' Mysterious Neighbors" by Nell Speed
I do not even discover that they are more worldly in ball-gowns than on other occasions.
"A Devotee" by Mary Cholmondeley
She rustled into my room and gazed at what was left of my ball gown, spread out on the bed.
"Affinities and Other Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehard
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In poetry:

Here figure blouses, gowns for tea,
And presentation-trains of state,
Charming ball-dresses, millinery,
Warranted up to date.
"A Circular" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

In 2000, Jean Paul Gaultier made a collection of ball gowns from camo -printed silk tulle, left.
Later, Jean Paul Gaultier made a couture collection of ball gowns from camo -printed silk tulle in 2000.
Jason Wu became a household name in 2009 when he dressed first lady Michelle Obama in a sweeping white one-shoulder gown for the Inaugural Ball.
Arcade Fire's Twinkly Lighted Jackets Would be so Cool for a Ball or Wedding Gown .
Occasionwear brand Coast has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert art and design museum in London, for a line of ball gowns inspired by the museum's archive.
Sadly the English born socialite isn't that down-to-earth and was actually walking the aisles of the budget shop in a ball gown pulling a suitcase behind her as part of a photo shoot for charity.
WHAT SHE WORE At the Carousel of Hope Ball, Hough turned heads in a powder blue Jenny Packham gown and a silver clutch.
Upon arriving at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Carrie Underwood, dressed in a strapless Oscar de la Renta ball gown, posed with her husband of nearly two years, Mike Fisher.
Scarlett O'Hara's iconic green curtain dress and her burgundy ball gown from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" have been saved from deterioration by a $30,000 conservation effort and are on display for the first time in nearly 30 years.
The ABC soap operas General Hospital and Port Charles will be auctioning off gowns and costumes from the eighth annual Nurses Ball to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
WHAT SHE WORE Perry made an entrance at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in a silk georgette gown and cape from Naeem Khan and navy accessories to match.
Ameris Wallace, a senior at Minor High School, sports this canary yellow ball gown by Jessica McClintock ($268), among one of Belk's popular sellers.
Former first ladies' ball gown choices have won them praise and ridicule.
What better reason to don a flowing ball gown or black tux than the American Heart Association's annual Heart Ball.
WHAT SHE WORE The Gossip Girl actress stepped out at the Winter Ball in a single-shoulder column gown, oversize envelope clutch and diamond accessories.
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