Brewer's: 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, swallow-tailed 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 ftes, but otherwise, ?evening dress? suffices.