Definition of attire in US English:

attire

noun

  • Clothes, especially fine or formal ones.

    ‘holiday 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.’
    • ‘Her current attire consisted solely of ragged dark jeans and a faded black tank top.’
    • ‘A long queue of people in teeshirts and other summer attire stood patiently shivering.’
    • ‘She still spent most of her time shunning female attire and dressing mainly in male military clothes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, another fashion icon was making a very different kind of statement through his choice of attire.’
    • ‘Some wore clothes like hers, while others were dressed in expensive attire.’
    • ‘The waiters too would be dressed in traditional attire.’
    • ‘You see two other people at the stop, one in business attire and the other in construction gear.’
    • ‘Davy was, in attire and appearance, so much like a fisherman that you might suppose he had just arrived from the coast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rahul wears glasses and is often dressed in western outfits, but he likes Indian attire too.’
    • ‘He wears a royal blue suit, which astonishes his seven sisters, who are not used to seeing him in formal attire.’
    • ‘Such attire is indeed convenient for campaigning on the streets or elsewhere.’
    • ‘He was standing right there in surprisingly normal attire: a black shirt and jeans.’
    • ‘Opt for colors like dark brown, tan and black to make sure they match the rest of your attire.’
    • ‘The most popular attire is rugby shorts for men and floral cotton dresses for women.’
    • ‘Referring to his attire, Mbeki said he was dressed that way because he was going to work at some of the schools.’
    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’
    • ‘Stunning models took to the catwalk attired in equally stunning garments.’
    • ‘Men, women and children of all ages are attired in colorful costumes.’
    • ‘The advisor was attired in full dress regalia with a sidearm on his hip.’
    • ‘The shop staff are attired in black dresses with old fashioned white starched aprons.’
    • ‘Suitably attired, my wife and I took the train down from Waterloo.’
    • ‘When we first meet in London, Balls is soberly attired.’
    • ‘Walking down the road a bit, I passed another embassy with another similarly attired policeman standing out front.’
    • ‘She stood up and was shown to be attired in a short tan dress that barely reached her knees.’
    • ‘You were rather formally attired, wearing a velvet dress that would have been appropriate for a concert stage.’
    • ‘Many of those who attended were attired in their traditional homeland garb.’
    • ‘They are seen attired in clothes of bright and varied hues.’
    • ‘Women are reminded to ensure they are properly attired before leaving the arrival area.’
    • ‘You are my ward, Amanda, so you must have a new dress and be appropriately attired.’
    • ‘A smiling Princess Anne was attired in an aqua-blue hat and matching jacket, with white top.’
    • ‘First, parents must ensure that their daughters are modestly attired.’
    • ‘Elegantly attired in black, she was fairly dripping with gold jewelry and wore bright red lipstick.’
    • ‘Can I tell him he is inappropriately attired?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group of colourfully attired children are gathered at the skating rink on the eastern side.’
    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

/əˈtaɪ(ə)r//əˈtī(ə)r/