verb \ə-ˈtī(-ə)r\

Definition of ATTIRE

transitive verb
:  to put garments on :  dress, array; especially :  to clothe in fancy or rich garments

Examples of ATTIRE

  1. <men attired in tuxedos for the awards banquet>

Origin of ATTIRE

Middle English, from Anglo-French atirer to equip, prepare, attire, from a- (from Latin ad-) + tire order, rank, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English tīr glory, ornament
First Known Use: 14th century



: clothing

Full Definition of ATTIRE

:  dress, clothes; especially :  splendid or decorative clothing
:  the antlers or antlers and scalp of a stag or buck

Examples of ATTIRE

  1. Proper attire is required at the restaurant.
  2. <needed some snazzy attire for the job interview>

First Known Use of ATTIRE

14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


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