white tie

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  1. formal evening dress for men (distinguished from black tie).

  2. a white bow tie for men, worn with formal evening dress.

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Other definitions for white-tie (2 of 2)

[ hwahyt-tahy, wahyt- ]

  1. requiring that guests wear formal attire, especially that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress: a white-tie embassy reception.

Origin of white-tie

First recorded in 1950–55

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How to use white tie in a sentence

  • Volodya came dressed correctly for calling, in a swallow-tail coat and white tie.

  • When she carried the brandy to his door, the hand that grasped it was icy, and the other tugged ineffectually at his white tie.

    A Speckled Bird | Augusta J. Evans Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for white tie

white tie

  1. 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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