Definition of attire in English:


Line breaks: at¦tire
Pronunciation: /əˈtʌɪə
formal or literary


[mass noun]
Clothes, especially fine or formal ones: the usually sober attire of British security service personnel
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.
clothing, clothes, garments, dress, wear, outfit, turnout, garb, ensemble, costume, array, finery, regalia; wardrobe, accoutrements, trappings; Britishkit, strip
informal gear, togs, garms, duds, glad rags, get-up
British informal clobber, rig-out
North American informal threads
formal apparel


(be attired) Back to top  
Be dressed in clothes of a specified kind: Lady Agatha was attired in an elaborate evening gown (as adjective, with submodifier attired) stylishly attired teenagers in stonewashed jeans
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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