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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, BostonGlobe.com, "On the Common, a whimsical ‘Cymbeline’," 25 July 2019 Melissa loved fashion, clothing and shoes and always was impeccably attired. sun-sentinel.com, "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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officers seized a handgun, a rifle, ammunition, ammunition clips, tactical attire and body armor from Brandon Wagshol’s Norwalk home. courant.com, "Sept. 4, 2019: Dietary advice from a UConn coach," 4 Sep. 2019 The cost for a wedding is so astronomically high, and because of that, finding attire and dresses for a wedding can be very costly. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida gemachs loan essential items with dignity, confidence," 9 Aug. 2019 One such issue is the attire of Muslim women, and how and if it should be limited by the state. Erasmus, The Economist, "Western governments are telling Muslim women not to cover up," 10 July 2019 Stonewall veteran and black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson was known for her elaborate attire and red plastic high heels. al.com, "Transgender advocacy group celebrates Stonewall with Birmingham gala," 29 June 2019 Shopping and sightseeing go hand-in-hand; galleries showcase local artists, boutiques sell high style and resort casual attire, emporiums carry distinctive lightship baskets. Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 Jared’s style is really perceived as the normal basic understated business-casual attire. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform," 24 July 2018 Some 100-plus hotel guests, in a mix of touristic athleisure and casual cocktail attire, were milling around the hotel’s grand atrium. Zach Everson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel," 2 May 2018 Bieber came dressed in stylish casual attire, decked in black and yellow sweatpants and a matching Fear of God sweatshirt. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Justin Bieber Attends Patrick Schwarzenegger's 'Midnight Sun' Premiere, His First Red Carpet Since Last Summer," 16 Mar. 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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The first known use of attire was in the 13th century

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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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