attire

verb
at·​tire | \ ə-ˈtī(-ə)r \
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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In one picture, they’re grouped with their choreographer, Frederick Ashton, kneeling, elegantly attired in suit and tie. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: ‘Transmissions’ Evokes a Climate (Poetic, With a Chance of Ballet)," 26 Mar. 2018 Wig Out!’’ cast poses, shimmies, and struts upon it in bravura style while attired in Tyler Kinney’s knockout costumes. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "The runway is ablaze, but ‘Wig Out!’ skims its glittering surface," 1 May 2018 The lion's share of Volf's film shows her at her most glamorous: heavily jeweled, never less than perfectly attired, frequently clutching a tiny toy poodle, the very picture of a diva. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "In Maria by Callas, Celebrating an Opera Icon In Her Own Words," 2 Oct. 2018 Soon, Clark, 64, of Farmington Hills, attired in fly-fishing waders, was reaching under the ice with a net, scooping pebbles and debris from the stream bottom, then dumping each load into plastic trays. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tiny bugs help volunteers track water quality in region," 20 Jan. 2018 That was Allen Toussaint, the elegant, nattily attired musical factotum who crafted some of the most memorable tunes to spring from New Orleans, first as a composer and writer, and later as a performer in his own right. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Yes, he did, did: The man who became New Orleans' 'one-man Motown'," 4 May 2018 Movement 2018 got underway Saturday afternoon on the riverfront, with early arrivals including the now-standard mix of funkily attired young fans and old-school techno heads. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Amid surge of festivals, Movement asserts its role as techno ground zero," 26 May 2018 Today, the traditional shave and other services (still complete with complimentary shoe shine) are performed by barbers nattily attired in white shirt with monogrammed waistcoat and tie. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The rest of the ensemble was also airily attired in shorts, tank tops and summer shirts. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Tank and the Bangas bring New Orleans love to Hangout Fest in Alabama," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Your attire, first and foremost, should be comfortable, says Opielowski. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 During the Knockout rounds, the 39-year-old sported a pair of tinted glasses with thick black frames to go along with his casual attire of sweatpants and a loose-fitting tee. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why ‘The Voice’ Coach Adam Levine Has Caused a Divide Amongst Fans," 5 Nov. 2018 Regardless, geishas are an important part of Japanese culture and their attire is not a costume. Mekita Rivas, Allure, "Fashion Nova's "Sexy" Geisha Costume Is Everything Not to Wear on Halloween This Year," 3 Oct. 2018 As well as her chic new accessory, Charlotte wore an adorable outfit for the day, dressed in her now-signature flower girl attire with an Amaia Kids white dress and floral crown. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Stole Kate Middleton's Purse at Friend Sophie Carter's Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 Even those Americans who are getting married increasingly are opting for less formal attire or at least less-traditional dresses. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Don’t Catch This Bouquet," 23 Nov. 2018 Even when there isn't a strict dress code, there always seem to be unspoken rules and etiquette around clothing, like no white (or anything that could be mistaken for white) or no club-casual attire. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Rewore a Dress to Attend a Friend's Wedding (Again!)," 24 Sep. 2018 Comfier shoes appear here to stay: Walmart announced on Wednesday that management can now join other employees in wearing sneakers to work, and casual attire is increasingly accepted at many companies. Sandrine Rastello, BostonGlobe.com, "Comfier shoes appear here to stay: Sneakers trend upends shoe retail," 30 May 2018 Launched in 1771, Gieves & Hawkes has supplied the royal family with uniforms and formal attire for centuries. Lorelei Marfil | Wwd, latimes.com, "Royal wedding dress code: What is a prince to wear?," 18 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about attire

Statistics for attire

Last Updated

17 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for attire

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for attire

attire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attire

: clothing

attire

verb
at·​tire | \ ə-ˈtīr \
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on attire

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with attire

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for attire

Spanish Central: Translation of attire

Nglish: Translation of attire for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of attire for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about attire

Comments on attire

What made you want to look up attire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tremendous in size, volume, or degree

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!