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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Normal pregame attire is often a light sweatshirt or sleeveless hoodie. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Yuli Gurriel, Astros get walkoff win over Mariners in 10 innings," 28 June 2019 The vintage attire is usually white clothing, dresses or skirts and white blouses. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 28 June 2019 In Japan, although some people still wear everyday kimonos, the traditional attire is more often something worn for special occasions. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "Yes, Kim Kardashian’s ‘Kimono’ is cultural appropriation. And she’s not alone," 26 June 2019 First date attire can be a little hard to nail, but he was well dressed. BostonGlobe.com, "Blind date: ‘We get our hair cut at the same salon’," 21 June 2019 Her attire was more straightforward for the state visit, paying homage to British landmarks and members of the British royal family. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A duchess winked behind Donald Trump’s back. What was she telling us?," 4 June 2019 The men’s attire for these fiercely competitive games was baggy linen shorts and no shirts. Wendy Goodman, ELLE Decor, "Averell Harriman’s Legendary Long Island Home Sparked One Editor's Lifelong Love of Design," 22 May 2019 Her male attire was contentious and factored in her conviction for heresy and execution in 1431. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Gender-bending fashion rewrites the rules of who wears what," 20 Mar. 2019 As Swifties everywhere celebrated the New Year with the release of Taylor's Netflix special, the singer apparently had a New Year's party, and the required attire was costume. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Dressed as "The Little Mermaid" For New Year's Eve," 1 Jan. 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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