formal evening dress for men (distinguished from black tie).
a white bow tie for men, worn with formal evening dress.
Other definitions for white-tie (2 of 2)
requiring that guests wear formal attire, especially that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress: a white-tie embassy reception.
- Compare black-tie.
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How to use white tie in a sentence
People are constantly shown wearing white tie to black-tie occasions and vice versa.History Wrong in Weinstein's New Madonna Movie ‘W.E.’ | Andrew Roberts | February 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Late-night talk show hosts joked that when the Reagans relaxed, they would dress down from white tie to black tie.
It seemed to him that his conversion ought not to end in his parading the streets of Liverpool in a black coat and a white tie.Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
A white tie torn from a stricken sheet made a flaring bow at his neck, and goggles and an old cap-cover served as headgear.Atlantic Narratives | Mary Antin
He seemed to have a strong conviction that the eyes of the entire assembly would be concentrated upon that white tie.Out of the Hurly-Burly | Charles Heber Clark
British Dictionary definitions for white tie
a white bow tie worn as part of a man's formal evening dress
formal evening dress for men
(as modifier): a white-tie occasion
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