Dressed to the Nines

Rate this phrase:(0.00 / 0 votes)
To wear stylish clothing; wearing clothes to draw attention

Etymology:

  • The word ‘nines’ in this expression holds several theories about it that are originated back in the 18th century. One theory is associated with the mysterious and sacred nature of the number nine as it represents excellence (3x3). Another theory is associated with an old English expression, ‘dressed to then eyne’ that means dressed stylishly from toes to your eyes (to then eyne). With the passage of time, ‘n’ added to word ‘eyen’ and it became ‘neyen’ that later changed into ‘nines’.   
2 Views

Emilia was dressed to the nines on last night’s dance party.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Dressed to the Nines':

dressed to the ninesVery fancily or formally dressed; wearing very showy or splendid clothing.
See them all »

Translation

Find a translation for the Dressed to the Nines phrase in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Nearby phrases

Some more phrases from our dictionary similar to Dressed to the Nines

Discuss this Dressed to the Nines phrase with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this Dressed to the Nines definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Dressed to the Nines." Phrases.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 12 Nov. 2019. <https://www.phrases.com/phrase/dressed-to-the-nines_44621>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest human-edited phrases collection on the web!

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.