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dress code    n. requirements as to how one must dress: The school dress code re-quires white blouses and plaid skirts for all girls.

Usage Note: Dress codes in public schools in the USA are not usually very strict. Children can wear any style of clothing, but are not allowed to wear T-shirts with sexual messages, revealing clothing, or clothing associated with gangs. Many private schools, especially religious and military schools, have much stricter dress codes that make children wear uniforms to school.