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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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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After conquering the world of toys and inspiring Kacey Musgraves's choice of Met Gala attire, the doll is now earning a major award, and will be recognized at this year's CFDA Fashion Awards. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Barbie Is Being Given the Board of Directors’ Tribute at the CFDA Awards," 16 May 2019 At the time, the royal was still pregnant with her youngest child, Prince Louis, and the McQueen gown made for an impressive piece of maternity attire. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Someone Channeled Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen Dress at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Early women senators sometimes faced similar scrutiny of their attire. Anna North, Vox, "America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 Of course Bush 41, a noted fan of colorful socks, has a pair of special voting attire like any red-blooded member of the Greatest Generation. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "If 93-year-old former President George H.W. Bush can get out and vote so can you," 2 Mar. 2018 Gou seems like a fresh, curious, interesting, and talented creative who is lucky enough to travel the world and see the dance-floor attire of every tribe of revelry up close and personal. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Meet Kirin’s Peggy Gou: The DJ Turned Designer Mixing Fashion and Club Culture," 28 Feb. 2019 The attire at Princess Eugenie's wedding is expected to be formal—day dresses and hats for women and morning coats for men. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What Dress Will Kate Middleton Wear to Princess Eugenie's Wedding?," 8 Oct. 2018 Teddy Perkins appeared Monday night at the Microsoft Theater in the same attire as worn on the comedy-drama on the show, sporting red velvet dinner jacket, heavy white makeup, prosthetics and a bob cut wig. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Creepy character from ‘Atlanta’ appears in crowd at Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 The coordinating formal attire of King James & Co. went viral during the NBA playoffs, but how did the league’s unlikely fashion trend come to life? Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 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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