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black tie



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



[ blak-tahy ]


  1. requiring that guests wear semiformal attire, especially that men wear black bow ties with tuxedos or dinner jackets:

    a black-tie dance.

black tie


  1. a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
  2. modifier denoting an occasion when a dinner jacket should be worn

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Word History and Origins

Origin of black tie1

First recorded in 1855–60

Origin of black tie2

First recorded in 1930–35

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Example Sentences

As Margaret Lyons writes, “This wasn't an awards ceremony so much as a black-tie celebration of the straight white male gaze.”

The driver in his black suit, white shirt, and black tie shook the reins, coaxing the white horses ahead.

His dark blue suit and black tie were as pristine as the day he was buried.

“Daniel Craig was here in black tie one morning in early April,” a source told the Standard.

People are constantly shown wearing white tie to black-tie occasions and vice versa.

A fair-headed man, in a dinner jacket and black tie, became at once their spokesman.

Nils Petter put on his best blue suit, a starched shirt with collar and cuffs, a black tie and stiff hat.

She was dressed in a perfectly cut coat and skirt with a neat collar and a black tie.

He was in evening dress, with black tie and studs which had a chilling effect, and his manner was as cold and calm as usual.

Stephen pulled at the bow of his black tie and fumbled at the stud.


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