attire

verb
at·​tire | \ə-ˈtī(-ə)r \
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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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 Today, the traditional shave and other services (still complete with complimentary shoe shine) are performed by barbers nattily attired in white shirt with monogrammed waistcoat and tie. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The rest of the ensemble was also airily attired in shorts, tank tops and summer shirts. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Tank and the Bangas bring New Orleans love to Hangout Fest in Alabama," 23 May 2018 Bucks players Khris Middleton and Marshall Plumlee also were on hand and properly attired. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mike Budenholzer is ready to tackle head coaching job of Milwaukee Bucks," 21 May 2018 Leto arrived to the Met Gala alongside Michele and singer Lana del Rey, a trinity attired entirely in Gucci for the occasion. Cady Lang, Time, "Jared Leto Predictably Channels Jesus Christ at the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Everybody needs to come attired in some neckwear, too, like a tie, or an ascot, or a scarf or whatever. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Fun new sport requires no skill: Sign up for May 5 Linear Bocce tourney in Indianapolis," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The attire was formal: The groom wore tails; the bride, a dress from Pronovias, a veil, and headpiece by Jennifer Behr. Vogue, "Siri Tollerød and Martin Steffensen’s Wedding in the Norwegian Countryside Was a Fashion, and Family, Affair," 6 July 2018 The attire at the 49th annual parade was loud and proud — rainbow suspenders, leopard heels, thongs and fairy wings. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Thousands in rainbow colors gather for New York City's gay pride parade," 24 June 2018 The staff and many of the residents were decked out in either Braves attire or the color scheme. Laura Berrios, ajc, "Alzheimer’s Association and Braves team up to help folks with dementia," 22 June 2018 Rancho Bernardo High’s top two graduates are planning to change their blue and white Bronco gear to blue and gold Bruins attire. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo's high achieving Broncos to become Bruins," 21 June 2018 Back for his fourth appearance is Mexican electro rocker Silverio, known for his showmanship and outre attire. Laura Emerick, chicagotribune.com, "Ruido Fest and its big, alt-Latin noise, is back," 20 June 2018 The crowd at Tuesday’s event was largely clad in suits and professional attire, though a few fans were seen wearing Eagles gear. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Man takes knee during national anthem at Donald Trump's White House ceremony," 5 June 2018 Her smooth pale skin, rich attire and elaborately dressed, powdered hair identify her as woman of high status. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "The role of women explored in "Becoming a Woman"," 1 June 2018 As previous Zoo-To-Do partygoers can tell you, the weather can be tricky this time of year, as the rain and humidity can take a toll on white linen suits, tuxedos and dressy cocktail attire. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Whitney Zoo-To-Do roars into the spring social scene," 24 May 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

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

Noun

see attire entry 1

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attire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attire

: clothing

attire

verb
at·​tire | \ə-ˈtīr \
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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