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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Full Dress.
 
The dress worn on occasions of ceremony. If a man has no special costume, his “full dress” is a suit of black, open waiscoat, swallowtailed coat, white neckcloth, and patent-leather boots or half-boots. Academicals are worn in the Universities and on official occasions; and full military dress is worn when an officer is on duty, at court, and at official fêtes, but otherwise, “evening dress” suffices.   1
 


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