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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Her sisters, who were similarly attired, weren't allowed to board at all. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "United Proves Shaming Young Girls' Clothing Has Become an Epidemic," 28 Mar. 2017 Wichita had a few dozen fans behind the Shockers bench, with the group attired in the school's yellow-and-black colors. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Analysis: No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats fall to No. 19 Wichita State," 18 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cow Appreciation Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are slated to give away free Chick-fil-A food to customers dressed in cow attire until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Muir award goes to Conservancy," 9 July 2018 On Monday afternoon, kids flocked to the pool clad in swim attire and ready to learn. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "YMCA of the Foothills brings ‘portable’ water safety lessons to area families," 5 July 2018 Known as Sandinista turbas (or mobs), these pro-government armed groups dress in attire associating them with the state, some riding on motorcycles, the report said. Natalie Gallón, CNN, "Nicaragua using 'shoot to kill' strategy on protesters, Amnesty International says," 29 May 2018 Jossie, dressed in orange Milwaukee County Jail attire, spoke to Sanders and courtroom spectators about his regret. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Oak Creek High School coach gets 11 years in prison for sexual assaults of a student," 18 May 2018 Women came dressed in 1920s attire and mingled with each other. Jamila Young, Courant Community, "Tea Room Brings Community Together," 26 Apr. 2018 This new farm-to-table restaurant, a minute from Beaver Meadows park entrance, is named after early park pioneer Isabella Bird and her friend Jim Nugent, with pictures of Bird summiting Long’s Peak in woolen ladies attire. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "An Insiders’ Guide to the National Parks," 12 Apr. 2018 Their courtship, when Nelson would arrive in gym attire and drive her to the hall just to watch him sweat. The Economist, "Winnie Mandela died on April 2nd," 5 Apr. 2018 Dressed in period attire, Mott presented the content of letters exchanged between the Duncans during the Civil War, which gave a window into their feelings about the war as well as their family life. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton historians learn about life of Confederate captain," 2 Apr. 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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The first known use of attire was in the 13th century

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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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