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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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

Experts will speak, virtual reality experiences will be offered, and 1960s or space-themed attire is encouraged. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Apollo 11: Local TV, national news explore stellar feat," 12 July 2019 But donning cycling attire and hitting the roads for a legit workout? Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Didn't Think I Liked Cycling—Until I Went on an Epic 239-Mile Trip," 11 July 2019 For example, Canfield said people will want to create a photo memory by donning Old West attire brought by The Grand Old Ladies & Gents of the Old West. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "‘Vines & Vittles’ to provide all-ages fun on Sunday," 10 July 2019 For those who had money and could leave the city during warmer months, white was considered vacation attire. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, ""Can I Wear White After Labor Day?" : A Definitive Answer," 9 July 2019 The monochromatic motif carried through the entire evening, from attire to decor, specialty cocktails to dessert. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: 'It Girls' inaugural dinner party at Saks Fifth Avenue's 51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails," 26 June 2019 That creates an opportunity to work on life skills, from talking about how to develop healthy relationships to proper attire for a job interview. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Faces of Child Welfare| Christy Moore: Fostering job growth at a Phoenix laundromat," 22 June 2019 Protective hard hats were required attire when the first Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was celebrated since that devastating fire. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 17: Hong Kong, Iran, power outage, Campaign 2020, Phoenix arrests," 17 June 2019 They're inspired by European summers and classic American 70s poolside attire. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Five Cool Things I Found On Instagram This Week," 14 June 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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