Definition of attire in English:

attire

noun

  • Clothes, especially fine or formal ones.

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

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

    ‘Donna was attired in an elaborate evening gown’
    as adjective , with submodifier ‘the outrageously attired rock star’
    • ‘Women are reminded to ensure they are properly attired before leaving the arrival area.’
    • ‘A group of colourfully attired children are gathered at the skating rink on the eastern side.’
    • ‘They are seen attired in clothes of bright and varied hues.’
    • ‘She stood up and was shown to be attired in a short tan dress that barely reached her knees.’
    • ‘Elegantly attired in black, she was fairly dripping with gold jewelry and wore bright red lipstick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of those who attended were attired in their traditional homeland garb.’
    • ‘A smiling Princess Anne was attired in an aqua-blue hat and matching jacket, with white top.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can I tell him he is inappropriately attired?’
    • ‘I am immaculately groomed and attired for every meeting I attend.’
    • ‘When we first meet in London, Balls is soberly attired.’
    • ‘Suitably attired, my wife and I took the train down from Waterloo.’
    • ‘Stunning models took to the catwalk attired in equally stunning garments.’
    • ‘Some were attired in figure-hugging minis, some were dressed in sparkling evening wear and a few in casuals.’
    • ‘Men, women and children of all ages are attired in colorful costumes.’
    • ‘First, parents must ensure that their daughters are modestly attired.’
    • ‘You were rather formally attired, wearing a velvet dress that would have been appropriate for a concert stage.’
    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

/əˈtī(ə)r//əˈtaɪ(ə)r/