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



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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The incident, which went viral on TikTok and Twitter, showed the white fan in Wisconsin Badgers attire giving Northwestern fans the middle finger before making racist gestures. NBC News, 21 Jan. 2022 Instead of inviting her to take engagement photos, Wehby had the couple's favorite photographer, Kate Toney of The Citrus Collection, inquire about doing a holiday photo shoot, leaving the location, date, and attire entirely up to Lotuaco. Abigail Adams,, 5 Dec. 2021 Match your golf bag and attire with your Cube CART 3 Wheel Push Pull Golf CART. Chris Hachey, BGR, 21 May 2021 While general political slogans and imagery are sometimes allowed, attire explicitly promoting a candidate is banned in many states. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 Good makes the go-to attire for dads and campers across the country. Jamie Ueda, USA TODAY, 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, 31 May 2020 Attendees, attired in highlighter yellow shirts, baseball caps and masks, laughed. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 15 May 2020 They were fashionably attired in baggy sweaters and jackets, ripped jeans, and chunky boots and sneakers. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The men sit on the other side of the room in similar white attire, green aprons and white bonnet-like hats. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 Attendees are asked to wear white-tie attire, which is the highest tier of formal dress — even higher than black-tie! Seventeen, 29 Apr. 2022 In-office meetings without clients: Wear smart, relaxed attire. Stephanie (stifel) Coughlan, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The women were all dressed in signature, Ralph Lauren attire with Collins and Monáe sporting sleek, structured suits. Robyn Merrett,, 23 Mar. 2022 The money can be redeemed on anything for the wedding including attire, flowers, cakes, photographers, or food. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2022 Rewrite the rules of men’s formal attire with opulent options that take an androgynous approach—with everything from ab-baring crop tops to romantic ruffles. WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 No beach attire, including—but not limited to—flip-flops (or similar 'beach' shoes), inappropriate shorts, cover-ups, swim trunks, and bathing suits. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 5 Feb. 2022 Colorful hats and attire are the norm at the Derby. Lauren Booker,, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of attire


14th century, in the meaning defined above


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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“Attire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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.



Kids Definition of attire (Entry 2 of 2)

: clothing beach attire

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