Definition of white tie in English:

white tie

noun

  • 1A white bow tie worn by men as part of full evening dress.

    • ‘Bells tolled and 12 pallbearers wearing white gloves, white ties and tails, who had served the Pontiff during his 26 years in office, bore the coffin on their shoulders to the crypt beneath the basilica for burial.’
    • ‘Officials asked the university senate to enforce a historic dress code barring all forms of dress apart from traditional white ties and suits.’
    • ‘The Hives also get big points for those stylish white ties that they never seem to take off.’
    • ‘Heather looked stunning in a white lace dress and Alfie wore a white tie and tails.’
    • ‘People can often be intimidated by the white tie and tails, or simply by the word ‘tenor’ which tends to alienate many.’
    • ‘This was five-man boy band Surge, who came on in black shirts and trousers with white ties, doing a synchronised R & B dance routine to their soca hybrid song In Your Timing Girl.’
    • ‘Another favourite for Win was a ceremony in the theme of Chicago gangsters, the men in black shirts and white ties and carrying violin cases.’
    • ‘Haines was flanked by the tight guitar/bass duo of James Shaw and Josh Winstead (in matching new wave white ties, no less), with Joules Scott-Key maintaining the driving dance beat on the kit.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]Full evening dress with a white bow tie.
      ‘he was wearing immaculate white tie and tails’
      [as modifier] ‘a white-tie dinner’
      • ‘Then out comes a comic magician in white tie who does a long card trick that depends heavily on the continued reappearance of a black card in a group of red cards.’
      • ‘Astros brass on board included coach Phil Garner, who showed up in white tie and tails, his wife, Carol, on his arm.’
      • ‘He came faultlessly dressed in the formal white tie and tails.’
      • ‘And so von Sternberg said to her, Why don't you wear white tie and tails for the first time they see you, really see you perform?’
      • ‘The only rig permitted at most of the Highland balls is white tie or Highland dress.’
      • ‘The men were elegant in dark tailcoats and white tie, the women dazzling in rich jewels and dresses, the colours of which seemed to span the entire spectrum of the rainbow.’
      • ‘Its atmosphere ranges from the elegant to the ridiculous, from white tie and tails to barbecue and bumper cars.’
      • ‘If we were in Semi-Monde, and I was debonair in white-tie and she was diaphanous in her black-and-gold evening gown, I'd languidly reply: ‘Thanks.’’
      • ‘Every year Britain's serving prime minister delivers a speech dealing with foreign policy to the Lord Mayor of London's official banquet, dressed in white tie and tails.’
      • ‘In Blonde Venus, Helen uses her nightclub act to satirize male roles, first as a ‘gentleman’ in white-tie and tails and long cigarette holder, then as a gorilla.’
      • ‘Ladies were asked to wear red dress or romantic ball gowns and gentlemen were asked to wear black or white tie.’
      • ‘Technically, open collars are only supposed to be worn with white tie.’
      • ‘Social Scientist Jim Sleeper quit the Yale Glee Club after his junior year, in 1968, because, as he has told me, ‘With all that was going on in the world, I couldn't spend the weekends touring in white-tie.’’
      • ‘The dress code is white tie and diamonds, so the Beckhams will have a chance to show off a few of their prized rocks.’
      • ‘They would never host an occasion of state that isn't white tie, in part because they know that so few Americans own their own tailcoats.’
      • ‘He was in top hat, white tie and tails - attire with which a cane is optional.’
      • ‘I don't think Wozzeck should be played in white tie and tails.’
      • ‘Remember that wonderful picture of the great Gary Cooper and Clark Gable in white tie drinking champagne?’
      • ‘I did ponder going for the black trousers, black shirt, white tie approach… only for the chance to tell people I had an audition for the Hives afterwards!’
      • ‘If you give them your measurements in advance you ought to be okay - I've had both black and white tie from there without fittings and it's been okay.’

Pronunciation:

white tie

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