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black-tie

[blak-tahy]
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  1. requiring that guests wear semiformal attire, especially that men wear black bow ties with tuxedos or dinner jackets: a black-tie dance.
Compare white-tie.

Origin of black-tie

First recorded in 1930–35

black tie

noun
  1. a black bow tie, worn with a dinner jacket.
  2. semiformal evening wear for men (distinguished from white tie).

Origin of black tie

First recorded in 1855–60
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black tie

noun
  1. a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
  2. (modifier) denoting an occasion when a dinner jacket should be worn
Compare white tie
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