• formal or • literary
- Clothes, especially fine or formal ones: the usually sober attire of British security service personnelMore example sentences
clothing, clothes, garments, dress, wear, outfit, turnout, garb, ensemble, costume, array, finery, regalia; wardrobe, accoutrements, trappings; British kit, stripNorth American • informal threads• formal apparel
- 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: Lady Agatha was attired in an elaborate evening gown (as adjective, with submodifier attired) stylishly attired teenagers in stonewashed jeansMore example sentences
dress, clothe, dress up, fit out, garb, robe, array, deck, deck out, turn out, trick out, trick up, costume, accoutre; drape, swathe, adorn• informal doll up, get upBritish • informal rig out• formal appareldressed, clothed, dressed up, fitted out, garbed, arrayed, decked out, turned out, tricked up, costumedBritish • informal rigged out
- 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.