Definition of attire in English:

attire

noun

mass nounformal, literary
  • Clothes, especially fine or formal ones.

    ‘the usually sober attire of British security service personnel’
    • ‘Some wore clothes like hers, while others were dressed in expensive attire.’
    • ‘Such attire is indeed convenient for campaigning on the streets or elsewhere.’
    • ‘He wears a royal blue suit, which astonishes his seven sisters, who are not used to seeing him in formal attire.’
    • ‘If he slipped on a navy blazer, he would be sporting the traditional attire of every rugby player in every club in the country.’
    • ‘To each of these outings they were expected to wear formal attire including hat and gloves.’
    • ‘The waiters too would be dressed in traditional attire.’
    • ‘I was a bit surprised at her choice of attire, as she usually wore blue jeans and a top.’
    • ‘Rahul wears glasses and is often dressed in western outfits, but he likes Indian attire too.’
    • ‘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 baggy sweater is her preferred attire when she goes to meet a new man.’
    • ‘Davy was, in attire and appearance, so much like a fisherman that you might suppose he had just arrived from the coast.’
    • ‘The most popular attire is rugby shorts for men and floral cotton dresses for women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, another fashion icon was making a very different kind of statement through his choice of attire.’
    • ‘The actors are all in night attire and the stage is strewn with duvets and pillows.’
    • ‘Her current attire consisted solely of ragged dark jeans and a faded black tank top.’
    • ‘Opt for colors like dark brown, tan and black to make sure they match the rest of your attire.’
    • ‘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
formal, literary
  • Be dressed in clothes of a specified kind.

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