attire

verb
at·​tire | \ ə-ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce attire (audio) \
attired; attiring

Definition of attire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put garments on : dress, array … proceeded to attire herself for a professional visit.— Charles Dickens The guests were formally attired. [=wearing formal clothing] especially : to clothe in fancy or rich garments dancers attired in colorful costumes

attire

noun

Definition of attire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : dress, clothes business attire especially : splendid or decorative clothing the queen in her royal attire
2 : the antlers or antlers and scalp of a stag or buck

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Examples of attire in a Sentence

Verb men attired in tuxedos for the awards banquet Noun Proper attire is required at the restaurant. needed some snazzy attire for the job interview
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While general political slogans and imagery are sometimes allowed, attire explicitly promoting a candidate is banned in many states. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, "A Miami cop wore a Trump mask to vote, inflaming Democrats: ‘This is city funded voter intimidation’," 21 Oct. 2020 Good makes the go-to attire for dads and campers across the country. Jamie Ueda, USA TODAY, "35 amazing deals from Amazon’s first-ever massive fashion sale," 22 June 2020 The rising merchant class in Edo had money to burn and clever ways to evade restrictions on displays of wealth imposed by elaborately attired samurai warriors, who were supposed to be the top dogs. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Excellent Japanese print show at Allen Memorial Art Museum will be on extended view when Oberlin College reopens," 31 May 2020 Attendees, attired in highlighter yellow shirts, baseball caps and masks, laughed. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "No rallies, but Trump gives White House trips some campaign flair," 15 May 2020 They were fashionably attired in baggy sweaters and jackets, ripped jeans, and chunky boots and sneakers. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Above the waist, Mr. Lauzurique, who works for a mental health organization, was formally attired in a blazer, button-up shirt and tie. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Joys of Dressing to Work From Home," 23 Mar. 2020 They were fashionably attired in baggy sweaters and jackets, ripped jeans, and chunky boots and sneakers. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 The hour-plus concert was streamed live from Posty’s Utah hideaway, and featured Malone screaming Nirvana hits while attired in a house dress Cobain surely would have loved. Tanya Edwards, refinery29.com, "Courtney Love Had The Perfect Reaction To Post Malone Covering Nirvana In A Dress," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Demonstrate professionalism as well as comfort in your attire. Anchorage Daily News, "My coworkers’ home lives are constantly derailing our staff Zoom meetings," 23 Feb. 2021 Just as their attire changes across each decade, so does the decor of their home. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "These Are the Best Sitcom Houses in TV History," 22 Feb. 2021 Nicknamed Icy Park, the latest offering is inspired by winterwear, and the campaign photographed by Robin Harper features Beyoncé, Hailey Bieber, and Gucci Mane in their finest slopes-appropriate attire. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Channels Her Inner Snow Queen in Her Latest Ivy Park x Adidas Collection," 25 Jan. 2021 At one point, on CBS News, Sanders was even asked to address his attire. Washington Post, "The handwarming story of how Bernie Sanders got his inauguration mittens," 21 Jan. 2021 For the occasion, Wayne ditched his usual ragamuffin chic attire in favor of an understated gray turtleneck and dark, baggy sweater with red trim. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Maybe New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne's Donald Trump bromance isn't as strange as it seems," 21 Jan. 2021 In her last interview with the head of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas in December, Hall said the comments about her attire were a distraction. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "How Dallas Police Chief Eddie García is getting ready for the job," 19 Jan. 2021 Did paparazzi simply just capture a pre-wedding rehearsal moment before Harry had time to slip on his formal attire? Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Harry Styles Is Maybe-Probably Dating Olivia Wilde, But More Importantly Here Are Pics of Him in a Bathrobe," 4 Jan. 2021 Loungewear and athletic gear as a whole have been popular during the pandemic with many people staying at home and adopting more casual attire. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Target activewear brand generated more than $1B in sales in first year," 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of attire

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attire

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of attire was in the 13th century

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“Attire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attire. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for attire

attire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attire

formal : clothing

attire

verb
at·​tire | \ ə-ˈtīr How to pronounce attire (audio) \
attired; attiring

Kids Definition of attire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put clothes and especially special or fine clothes on The dancers attired themselves in colorful costumes.

attire

noun

Kids Definition of attire (Entry 2 of 2)

: clothing beach attire

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