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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So there is no attempt to explain why, for instance, the British characters wear Edwardian-era garb (the costumes are by Elisabetta Polito) but the Roman soldiers are attired in Caesarian helmets and outfits. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "On the Common, a whimsical ‘Cymbeline’," 25 July 2019 Melissa loved fashion, clothing and shoes and always was impeccably attired. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/30," 30 June 2019 The dancers are attired in uncredited, minimal, nude-look costuming; Neil Peter Jampolis’s glowing lighting is based on a concept by David M. Chapman. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Company’s Classics Take the Stage," 17 June 2019 Suitably attired, new recruits are sent for training in the processes that will apply out on the factory floor. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Working the Line: What's It's Like To Build a Volvo S60," 23 May 2019 Earlier today, Beckham arrived at Paris’s Gare du Nord station impeccably attired in the ultimate travel uniform: a sharp suit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Takes Her Travel-Friendly Tailored Suit for a Train Ride to Paris," 26 Sep. 2018 Versace, who came fabulously attired in an ornate navy and gold dress of her own design, was a co-host for the event, alongside Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Amal Clooney. Cady Lang, Time, "Donatella Versace Confirms Her Living Legend Status At the 2018 Met Gala," 7 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sample destinations: Rome, Istanbul, India, Paris, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Egypt, Chile, Ghana ‘FREE’ GIFTS The scam: A man in Buddhist monk attire ties a bracelet around your wrist. Andrea Sachs, Twin Cities, "10 common travel scams — and how to avoid them," 10 Aug. 2019 Funko Advent Calendar: Marvel 80th Anniversary, $59.99 on amazon.com Funko Pop has also been unveiling tons of new figures in festive attire for the holidays, including Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Marvel Comics’ Groot. Christina Butan, EW.com, "Funko Pop’s new Marvel and Harry Potter advent calendars are already best-sellers on Amazon," 3 July 2019 A few hours after penning a letter to her senator urging him to support the Equality Act, Taylor Swift hit the stage at iHeart Radio’s Wango Tango fully dressed in rainbow attire in honor of Pride Month. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie Wear Rainbow Outfits at iHeartRadio's 2019 Wango Tango," 2 June 2019 The photo depicts one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan attire. ... Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Probe of Blackface Yearbook Photo Inconclusive on Northam," 22 May 2019 In this case, not only is the host a prince, but the theme is Prince, attendees in attire inspired by particular songs from the late R&B master of Chanhassen. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Opera on the Lake debuts with bubbly, buoyant ‘Die Fledermaus’," 25 July 2019 If people want to show up on the last Saturday in July in holiday attire, drink a lot and sing Christmas songs, no one will stop them. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Put-in-Bay discouraging ‘Christmas in July’ celebration, but bracing for crowds anyway," 23 July 2019 That the eagle watchers on the wharf looked comfortable in less bulky attire didn’t surprise her. Elizabeth Poliner, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Sabelle," 20 July 2019 Per Patricia's request no flowers and dress in casual attire. courant.com, "Patricia Ann Perugini," 18 July 2019

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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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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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