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 The Museum's Victorian attired staff will be available to answer any questions., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Women are using attire to declare their solidarity, to underscore their righteous outrage, to signify their personal agency. Washington Post, "The women surrounding the Weinstein trial are using their clothes to redefine who has power," 14 Jan. 2020 Selena wore nothing but '70s attire throughout the video and even unveiled a new 'do straight out of the time period. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Unveils Retro Shag Haircut in New "Rare" Music Video," 10 Jan. 2020 The fans are wearing suits, coats and similar cocktail attire. Scott Ostler,, "Prom with the Raiders? A glimpse into Las Vegas stadium’s Chardonnay Chasm," 4 Jan. 2020 Cocktail attire is requested, and outerwear is recommended for the outdoor entertainment. Aline Mccracken, Arkansas Online, "COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA," 30 Dec. 2019 Then, there is Elana’s sensual duet with a blue satin dress—a sharp contrast to Barrio’s plain black attire. Jennifer Homans, The New Yorker, "Noche Flamenca Gets Deeper with Age," 30 Dec. 2019 Dress code is black and white, silver and gold or timeless attire that never gets old. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Happy New Year! Here are 30+ restaurants and bars where you can ring in 2020 in Louisville," 23 Dec. 2019 Vests, button-down shirts, blazers, and neck-scarves populate Jo’s attire — common dress for boys at the time, but not exactly staples of the average 19th century girl’s closet. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "How Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet’s “Little Women” Costumes Defy Gender Stereotypes," 19 Dec. 2019 While traditional attire is welcomed, it is encouraged that visitors wear warm colors, florals, or cat patterns in memory of Jane's lively personality., "Jane Elizabeth Guilmette," 6 Oct. 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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19 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Attire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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