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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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 Soon, Clark, 64, of Farmington Hills, attired in fly-fishing waders, was reaching under the ice with a net, scooping pebbles and debris from the stream bottom, then dumping each load into plastic trays. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tiny bugs help volunteers track water quality in region," 20 Jan. 2018 That was Allen Toussaint, the elegant, nattily attired musical factotum who crafted some of the most memorable tunes to spring from New Orleans, first as a composer and writer, and later as a performer in his own right. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Yes, he did, did: The man who became New Orleans' 'one-man Motown'," 4 May 2018 Movement 2018 got underway Saturday afternoon on the riverfront, with early arrivals including the now-standard mix of funkily attired young fans and old-school techno heads. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Amid surge of festivals, Movement asserts its role as techno ground zero," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Palermo selected Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides professional attire and resources to low-income women around the world. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Olivia Palermo Designed a Collection to Save Us From the Tiny Sunglasses Trend," 12 Mar. 2019 Sweatpants, shorts, skirts, dresses, pants, religious headwear, athletic attire and clothing with logos are also allowed. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "California school district’s ‘permissive’ dress code welcoming tube tops, ripped jeans and pajamas sparks debate," 24 Aug. 2018 Denim Jacket + Minidress Christian VierigGetty Images Model Alessandra Ambrosio has attended Coachella almost every year since 2009, so she's mastered festival attire. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 Notable jewelry and statement headbands will add flair to pool-day looks or dinner attire. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "The 15 Most Stunning Pieces from Net-a-Porter's Colombian Collective," 15 Jan. 2019 Tubing season lasts all summer: Start at Ebin G. Fine Park, where work attire is discouraged. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Rather, the cover story was about Allen’s attire during a recent bicycle ride near her Newark, New Jersey, home. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress and a Juliette Botterill hat in an ice blue that matched Camilla’s attire. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Meghan Markle Aced the Queen's Birthday Bash at the 2018 Trooping of the Colour," 9 June 2018 She’s especially inspired by Jane Fonda’s workout attire. Nora Caplan-bricker, Outside Online, "Ty Haney Is the Queen of Athleisure," 5 June 2018

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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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