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 The Museum's Victorian attired staff will be available to answer any questions. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 While attendees from both towns were nattily attired, Hickey showed up wearing her 100th GAME shirt, the landmark game played in 1987 between Wellesley and Needham. BostonGlobe.com, "The Wellesley trainer," 26 Nov. 2019 Samantha and Danielle Bath were attired in full turkey costumes. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst Turkey Trot makes its 36th run," 26 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Having begun as a practical improvement for laboring attire, Levi’s continue to appeal to some for their sensibility, while appealing to others as an avenue for self-expression. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "New Levi’s Exhibit to Showcase Albert Einstein’s Iconic Leather Jacket," 12 Feb. 2020 The Oscars have a strict dress code: formal attire. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "2020 Oscars men's fashion: 8 men who proved that 'formal attire' doesn't mean 'boring'," 10 Feb. 2020 Cliff Booth’s denim getup should have been enough to win this in a runaway, but more modern attire rarely goes rewarded. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Oscars 2020 Predictions: Win your pool with these picks," 7 Feb. 2020 Craft a winter scarf at library Leah Stark will speak about crafting winter attire at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the Lone Star College-CyFair library. Houston Chronicle, "Feb. 5-15: Northwest Houston events feature crawfish, crafts, music," 3 Feb. 2020 Draped in gorgeous gowns and other designer attire, Michuki danced among giraffes, made friends with ostriches and played with zebras. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Miss Universe Kenya Stacy Michuki's Stunning Safari Photoshoot Will Leave You Speechless," 22 Jan. 2020 In addition to planning wedding attire and creating a registry, the two have been brushing up on their dance skills. Morgan M. Evans, PEOPLE.com, "Tim Tebow Opens Up About Wedding Planning with His Fiancée: 'I Just Mostly Say Yes, Babe'," 17 Jan. 2020 In Audrey Hepburn's day, the tarmac was a runway—and demanded more formal attire. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "These Audrey Hepburn Style Moments Are Simply Timeless," 15 Jan. 2020 Bewitching attire is encouraged for witches and wizards of all ages at this third annual after-hours party at a public library, which has expanded to a second location in 2020. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "17 fun things to do the week of Jan. 3-9 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 2 Jan. 2020

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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