[ uh-tahyuh r ]
/ əˈtaɪər /

verb (used with object), at·tired, at·tir·ing.

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

re·at·tire, verb (used with object), re·at·tired, re·at·tir·ing.un·at·tired, adjectivewell-at·tired, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for attires


/ (əˈtaɪə) /


(tr) 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 for attire

C13: from Old French atirier to put in order, from tire row; see tier 1
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