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attire Syllabification: at·tire
Pronunciation: /əˈtī(ə)r/

Definition of attire in English:


Clothes, especially fine or formal ones: holiday attire
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • He was standing right there in surprisingly normal attire: a black shirt and jeans.


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Be dressed in clothes of a specified kind: Donna was attired in an elaborate evening gown [as adjective, with submodifier]: (attired) the outrageously attired rock star
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  • They are seen attired in clothes of bright and varied hues.
  • The shop staff are attired in black dresses with old fashioned white starched aprons.
  • The advisor was attired in full dress regalia with a sidearm on his hip.
dress, dress up, clothe, garb, robe, array, costume, swathe, deck, deck out, turn out, fit out, trick out
archaic apparel, invest, habit


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

  • tyre from Late Middle English:

    In the past wheelwrights strengthened the outside of the wheels of carts with curved pieces of iron plate called the tire, probably a shortened form of attire (an ME word originally meaning to put in order), because the tyre was the ‘clothing’ of the wheel. Originally the spellings tire and tyre were interchangeable, but in the 17th century tire became the settled spelling, which has remained the spelling in the USA. In Britain the development of the pneumatic tyre seemed to require some differentiation from the metal rim, and tyre was revived.

Words that rhyme with attire

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