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[uh-tahyuh r] /əˈtaɪər/
verb (used with object), attired, attiring.
to dress, array, or adorn, especially for special occasions, ceremonials, etc.
clothes or apparel, especially rich or splendid garments.
the horns of a deer.
Origin of attire
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English atiren < Anglo-French atirer, Old French atirier, verbal derivative of a tire into a row or rank (see a-3, tier1); (noun) Middle English atir < Anglo-French, noun derivative of the v.
Related forms
reattire, verb (used with object), reattired, reattiring.
unattired, adjective
well-attired, adjective Unabridged
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  • His attire was neat and faultless, consisting of black frock-coat, grey trousers, and a small lay-down collar.

  • They were passing the Capitol; how lovely the grounds looked in their spring attire!

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Pushing back the door, she stepped down with all the dignity which she deemed suitable to don with her present attire.

  • He was a study in brown, as to fabric of attire and its accessories.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Many instances are recorded of the costliness of the attire of these Roman ladies.

    Roman Women Alfred Brittain
British Dictionary definitions for attire


(transitive) to dress, esp in fine elegant clothes; array
clothes or garments, esp if fine or decorative
the antlers of a mature male deer
Word Origin
C13: from Old French atirier to put in order, from tire row; see tier1
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Word Origin and History for attire

c.1300, "to fit out, equip; to dress in finery, to adorn," from Old French atirier "to equip, ready, prepare," from a- "to" + tire "order, row, dress" (see tier). Related: Attired; attiring.


c.1300, "equipment of a man-at-arms; fine apparel," from attire (v.).

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