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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For his part, Justin stuck with his usual casual attire and opted for a black hoodie and red tartan drawstring pants. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Wears a Slip Dress at a Club in Miami With Justin Bieber," 11 June 2018 Your wardrobe is to be determined but will probably be dressy casual attire. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking extras," 8 June 2018 Applicants should bring copies of their resume and dress in business or business casual attire. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Now hiring: Milwaukee's streetcar The Hop will host a job fair Wednesday," 30 Apr. 2018 They were dressed in classic San Francisco office casual attire: unstructured white blouses or chunky sweaters, distressed denim, and, of course, Rothy’s flats. Elizabeth Holmes, Marie Claire, "Meet the All-Female Executive Team Behind Cult-Favorite Shoe Brand Rothy's," 30 Apr. 2018 In her previous movies, Ms. Martel — who, with her casual attire, long hair and oversized cat’s-eye glasses, could almost pass for a graduate student — focused largely on family relations. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Lucrecia Martel: A Director Who Confounds and Thrills," 13 Apr. 2018 Seventy-four Orange County law firms and other legal organizations provided more than 500 suits and thousands of pieces of business and casual attire during a month-long clothing drive to help job seekers served by the nonprofit WHW. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: Meeting Thursday will discuss possible new animal shelter for Newport," 3 Apr. 2018 Talk about a dream job Working remotely has its perks, pajama-casual attire included. Sunset, "Hawaii Tourism Is Sponsoring People to WFH on the Islands," 22 Jan. 2018 Bold signature attire aside, the coach still managed to snag a slew of promising vocalists, among them four-chair turner Celia Babini and Battle Rounds-winner Domenic Haynes. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about attire

Statistics for attire

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for attire

The first known use of attire was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for attire

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on attire

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with attire

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for attire

Spanish Central: Translation of attire

Nglish: Translation of attire for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of attire for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about attire

Comments on attire

What made you want to look up attire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!