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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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  • If her morning attire had seemed over-splendid, what shall I say of her appearance now?

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The most carping could have found no flaw in the quiet taste of his attire.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • A hardy old soldier, I should judge, from his feature and attire.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They attire themselves with care, they braid the garland, and they tune the pipe.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
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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