white-tie

adjective
\ ˈhwīt-ˈtī How to pronounce white-tie (audio) , ˈwīt-\

Definition of white-tie

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

First Known Use of white-tie

1849, in the meaning defined above

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