Definition of attire in English:

attire

noun

formal, literary
  • [mass noun] Clothes, especially fine or formal ones:

    ‘the usually sober attire of British security service personnel’
    • ‘You see two other people at the stop, one in business attire and the other in construction gear.’
    • ‘To each of these outings they were expected to wear formal attire including hat and gloves.’
    • ‘I was a bit surprised at her choice of attire, as she usually wore blue jeans and a top.’
    • ‘If he slipped on a navy blazer, he would be sporting the traditional attire of every rugby player in every club in the country.’
    • ‘Such attire is indeed convenient for campaigning on the streets or elsewhere.’
    • ‘Opt for colors like dark brown, tan and black to make sure they match the rest of your attire.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, another fashion icon was making a very different kind of statement through his choice of attire.’
    • ‘He wears a royal blue suit, which astonishes his seven sisters, who are not used to seeing him in formal attire.’
    • ‘Some wore clothes like hers, while others were dressed in expensive attire.’
    • ‘Her current attire consisted solely of ragged dark jeans and a faded black tank top.’
    • ‘A baggy sweater is her preferred attire when she goes to meet a new man.’
    • ‘The actors are all in night attire and the stage is strewn with duvets and pillows.’
    • ‘He was standing right there in surprisingly normal attire: a black shirt and jeans.’
    • ‘A long queue of people in teeshirts and other summer attire stood patiently shivering.’
    • ‘Rahul wears glasses and is often dressed in western outfits, but he likes Indian attire too.’
    • ‘Referring to his attire, Mbeki said he was dressed that way because he was going to work at some of the schools.’
    • ‘She still spent most of her time shunning female attire and dressing mainly in male military clothes.’
    • ‘The waiters too would be dressed in traditional attire.’
    • ‘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.’
    clothing, clothes, garments, dress, wear, outfit, turnout, garb, ensemble, costume, array, finery, regalia
    wardrobe, accoutrements, trappings
    kit, strip
    gear, togs, garms, duds, glad rags, get-up
    clobber, rig-out
    threads
    apparel
    raiment, habiliments, habit, vestments
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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’
    • ‘The shop staff are attired in black dresses with old fashioned white starched aprons.’
    • ‘Men, women and children of all ages are attired in colorful costumes.’
    • ‘Suitably attired, my wife and I took the train down from Waterloo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She stood up and was shown to be attired in a short tan dress that barely reached her knees.’
    • ‘The advisor was attired in full dress regalia with a sidearm on his hip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walking down the road a bit, I passed another embassy with another similarly attired policeman standing out front.’
    • ‘When we first meet in London, Balls is soberly attired.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of those who attended were attired in their traditional homeland garb.’
    • ‘First, parents must ensure that their daughters are modestly attired.’
    • ‘Can I tell him he is inappropriately attired?’
    • ‘You were rather formally attired, wearing a velvet dress that would have been appropriate for a concert stage.’
    dress, clothe, dress up, fit out, garb, robe, array, deck, deck out, turn out, trick out, trick up, costume, accoutre
    drape, swathe, adorn
    doll up, get up
    rig out
    apparel
    bedizen, caparison, furbelow
    invest, habit, trap out
    dressed, clothed, dressed up, fitted out, garbed, arrayed, decked out, turned out, tricked up, costumed
    dolled up, got up, got out
    rigged out
    apparelled, invested, habited, trapped out
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

attire

/əˈtʌɪə/