fancy-dress ball

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fancy-dress ball a ball at which guests wear costumes and masks
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Usage

In literature:

And I do so want to look nice at the fancy-dress ball.
"A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen
No other person going to the Caledonian fancy-dress ball was so attended.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
Previous to this they had had a grand dressing up and a fancy ball.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
In the bedroom, Janet was making a strange costume for a student's fancy dress ball.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
There were pleasures as well as drill on board: athletic sports, tableaux, concerts, and a grand fancy dress ball.
"The Story of Baden-Powell" by Harold Begbie
He's behind an old gentleman dressed up for a fancy ball.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
I have an idea that it would be stunning for my next fancy-dress ball!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
A fancy dress ball pulled through last night.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
Myra, let's go to a fancy-dress ball when we got back.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914" by Various
It was an ordinary ball, and therefore Eustace appeared to receive his guests in fancy dress, wearing a powdered wig and a George IV.
"The Folly Of Eustace" by Robert S. Hichens
We had a fancy-dress ball on December 30th.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 25, 1914" by Various
I fancy that half the old ball dresses in Europe find their way, after various vicissitudes, to Cuba.
"Cuba Past and Present" by Richard Davey
A "fancy dress ball" was announced for the evening of the 21st.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
Fancy dress balls are familiar things to Calladine.
"The Four Corners of the World" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
Fancy Falstaff in a ball-dress such as we now wear.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
One diversion at least in which I have had my share of success has been in the fancy dress balls at Covent Garden.
"The Secrets of a Savoyard" by Henry A. Lytton
We had a fancy dress ball in the Red Sea: I suppose this is usual.
"An English Girl's First Impressions of Burmah" by Beth Ellis
I had it made to wear at a grand fancy-dress ball in Calcutta; and there are other parts of the dress to match, somewhere.
"The Wizard of West Penwith" by William Bentinck Forfar
The fancy dress ball on deck is a memory.
"The Amazing Argentine" by John Foster Fraser
A century later, it appeared at a fancy dress ball, its fabric untarnished, and untouched by time.
"The Colonial Cavalier" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
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In poetry:

Colonel Fazackerley put down his glass
And said, 'My dear fellow, that's really first class!
I just can't conceive how you do it at all.
I imagine you're going to a Fancy Dress Ball?'
"Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast" by Charles Causley