white-tie

adjective
\ ˈ(h)wīt-ˈtī How to pronounce white-tie (audio) \

Definition of white-tie

: characterized by or requiring the wearing of formal evening clothes consisting of white bow tie and tailcoat for men and a formal gown for women a white-tie dinner — compare black-tie

First Known Use of white-tie

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“White-tie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-tie. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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