Definition of attire in English:

attire

noun

mass nounliterary, formal
  • Clothes, especially fine or formal ones.

    ‘the usually sober attire of British security service personnel’
    • ‘The waiters too would be dressed in traditional attire.’
    • ‘Opt for colors like dark brown, tan and black to make sure they match the rest of your attire.’
    • ‘Rahul wears glasses and is often dressed in western outfits, but he likes Indian attire too.’
    • ‘I was a bit surprised at her choice of attire, as she usually wore blue jeans and a top.’
    • ‘Her current attire consisted solely of ragged dark jeans and a faded black tank top.’
    • ‘To each of these outings they were expected to wear formal attire including hat and gloves.’
    • ‘Some wore clothes like hers, while others were dressed in expensive attire.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, another fashion icon was making a very different kind of statement through his choice of attire.’
    • ‘A baggy sweater is her preferred attire when she goes to meet a new man.’
    • ‘If he slipped on a navy blazer, he would be sporting the traditional attire of every rugby player in every club in the country.’
    • ‘The actors are all in night attire and the stage is strewn with duvets and pillows.’
    • ‘He wears a royal blue suit, which astonishes his seven sisters, who are not used to seeing him in formal attire.’
    • ‘The most popular attire is rugby shorts for men and floral cotton dresses for women.’
    • ‘Davy was, in attire and appearance, so much like a fisherman that you might suppose he had just arrived from the coast.’
    • ‘He was standing right there in surprisingly normal attire: a black shirt and jeans.’
    • ‘Referring to his attire, Mbeki said he was dressed that way because he was going to work at some of the schools.’
    • ‘Such attire is indeed convenient for campaigning on the streets or elsewhere.’
    • ‘She still spent most of her time shunning female attire and dressing mainly in male military clothes.’
    • ‘You see two other people at the stop, one in business attire and the other in construction gear.’
    • ‘A long queue of people in teeshirts and other summer attire stood patiently shivering.’
    clothing, clothes, garments, dress, wear, outfit, turnout, garb, ensemble, costume, array, finery, regalia
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verb

be attired
literary, formal
  • Be dressed in clothes of a specified kind.

    ‘Lady Agatha was attired in an elaborate evening gown’
    ‘stylishly attired teenagers in stonewashed jeans’
    • ‘I am immaculately groomed and attired for every meeting I attend.’
    • ‘They are seen attired in clothes of bright and varied hues.’
    • ‘First, parents must ensure that their daughters are modestly attired.’
    • ‘The advisor was attired in full dress regalia with a sidearm on his hip.’
    • ‘You are my ward, Amanda, so you must have a new dress and be appropriately attired.’
    • ‘Many of those who attended were attired in their traditional homeland garb.’
    • ‘Men, women and children of all ages are attired in colorful costumes.’
    • ‘Suitably attired, my wife and I took the train down from Waterloo.’
    • ‘Some were attired in figure-hugging minis, some were dressed in sparkling evening wear and a few in casuals.’
    • ‘She stood up and was shown to be attired in a short tan dress that barely reached her knees.’
    • ‘Stunning models took to the catwalk attired in equally stunning garments.’
    • ‘When we first meet in London, Balls is soberly attired.’
    • ‘Can I tell him he is inappropriately attired?’
    • ‘A group of colourfully attired children are gathered at the skating rink on the eastern side.’
    • ‘You were rather formally attired, wearing a velvet dress that would have been appropriate for a concert stage.’
    • ‘Elegantly attired in black, she was fairly dripping with gold jewelry and wore bright red lipstick.’
    • ‘Women are reminded to ensure they are properly attired before leaving the arrival area.’
    • ‘A smiling Princess Anne was attired in an aqua-blue hat and matching jacket, with white top.’
    • ‘The shop staff are attired in black dresses with old fashioned white starched aprons.’
    • ‘Walking down the road a bit, I passed another embassy with another similarly attired policeman standing out front.’
    dressed, clothed, dressed up, fitted out, garbed, arrayed, decked out, turned out, tricked up, costumed
    dress, clothe, dress up, fit out, garb, robe, array, deck, deck out, turn out, trick out, trick up, costume, accoutre
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French atirier, atirer ‘equip’, from a tire ‘in order’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

attire

/əˈtʌɪə/