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variants or less commonly black tie
: characterized by or requiring the wearing of semiformal evening clothes consisting of a usually black tie and tuxedo for men and a formal dress for women
a black-tie dinner
compare white-tie

black tie

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: semiformal clothing
gentlemen in black tie for the banquet

Examples of black-tie in a Sentence

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From black-tie galas to 1,000 gay men in jockstraps on Fire Island. Helen Mitsios, SPIN, 16 May 2024 The Cannes Film Festival red carpet is notoriously strict about its black-tie dress code (one man in a blue tuxedo who committed the fashion travesty of wearing white socks was almost turned away). Ramin Setoodeh, Variety, 14 May 2024
The groom and his best man wore regular black suits with long black ties and white shirts (not tuxedo shirts). Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 Rory kept his look classic with a black suit, white button-up shirt, black tie and dress loafers. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for black-tie 

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Word History

First Known Use


1933, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black-tie was in 1933

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“Black-tie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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