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

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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 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., "The Wellesley trainer," 26 Nov. 2019 Samantha and Danielle Bath were attired in full turkey costumes. Graydon Megan,, "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,, "On the Common, a whimsical ‘Cymbeline’," 25 July 2019 Melissa loved fashion, clothing and shoes and always was impeccably attired., "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The usual summer Disneyland attire is not going to cut it when lows are in the 40s and 50s. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Visiting Disneyland for Christmas? Avoid making these 10 common mistakes," 20 Nov. 2019 Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters A debate swirling around the casual attire a Québec politician has been wearing in the province’s legislative assembly is one that has echoes in parliaments around the world. Arnaud Montreuil, Quartz at Work, "Is the world ready for politicians to dress in workplace casual?," 20 Nov. 2019 Her abaya, the all-black shroud that is the customary attire for women in Saudi Arabia, stayed home. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Saudi women, bucking tradition, forgo abaya," 22 Sep. 2019 The attire ought to meet the company’s standard and fit the corporate culture. Bob Weinstein, Houston Chronicle, "It’s important to manage job-interview stress," 21 Sep. 2019 Suddenly, a traditional button-up seems stuffy and snoozy—a pec-enhancing top makes the business attire feel youthful and fresh. Vogue, "Shia LaBeouf Upgrades a Classic Suit With a Skin-Tight Tee," 2 Aug. 2019 Attendees will receive free professional attire and get advice from a panel of experts., "Pitching at lightning speed," 13 Nov. 2019 All the other members of the House Intelligence Committee turned up in suits and ties or other business attire. Washington Post, "For the love of dignity and civility, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket," 13 Nov. 2019 Formal or prime casual attire encouraged, but all vibes welcomed. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Nov. 11," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of attire was in the 13th century

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Attire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of attire

formal : clothing


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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