[uh-tahyuh r]
verb (used with object), at·tired, at·tir·ing.
  1. to dress, array, or adorn, especially for special occasions, ceremonials, etc.
  1. clothes or apparel, especially rich or splendid garments.
  2. 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 formsre·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. 2018

Examples from the Web for well-attired

Historical Examples of well-attired

  • He gazed at a picture of a well-attired youth smoking a cigar.

    Love at Paddington

    W. Pett Ridge

  • Cabs struggled hopelessly to yield up the large number of highly respectable and well-attired ladies who had come to walk.

  • And we can scarcely suppose that he would apply two such contrary epithets as "flaunting" and "well-attired" to the same plant.

British Dictionary definitions for well-attired


  1. (tr) to dress, esp in fine elegant clothes; array
  1. clothes or garments, esp if fine or decorative
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for well-attired



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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