The noun attire is just a formal way to say "outfit." And if you’re going outside in the middle of a blizzard, your attire should include more than a bathing suit and flip-flops.

Attire can also refer to the antlers of a deer, but that’s a pretty obscure definition. So let's stick to the more common uses: put it into verb form and it means "to dress or clothe." Which makes sense, since it comes to us from the Old French atirier, meaning “to equip, ready or prepare.” Charles Dickens wrote that “Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire" — meaning the clothes do not make the man.

Definitions of attire

n clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

“formal attire
dress, garb
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ao dai
the traditional dress of Vietnamese women consisting of a tunic with long sleeves and panels front and back; the tunic is worn over trousers
the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place
the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe
attire that is appropriate to wear in a church
elaborate or showy attire and accessories
evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear
attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
habit, riding habit
attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)
false hair, hairpiece, postiche
a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
morning dress
formal attire for men during the daytime
getup, outfit, rig, turnout
a set of clothing (with accessories)
activewear, athletic wear, sportswear
attire worn for sport or for casual wear
academic costume
a costume worn on formal occasions by the faculty or students of a university or college
a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
a suit or dress for formal occasions
an attractive outfit
dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown, formal
a gown for evening wear
black tie, dinner jacket, tux, tuxedo
semiformal evening dress for men
dress suit, full dress, tail coat, tailcoat, tails, white tie, white tie and tails
formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men
a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume
a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
a habit worn by clerics
gym suit
clothes prescribed for wear while participating in gymnastic exercise
a covering to disguise or conceal the face
monastic habit
a long loose habit worn by monks in a monastery
nun's habit
a long loose habit worn by nuns in a convent
a sports outfit for women or children; usually consists of shorts and a blouse
a person's costume (especially if bizarre)
running suit
a matching jacket and pants worn by joggers and made of fabric that absorbs perspiration
Sunday best, Sunday clothes
the best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday
hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
toupe, toupee
a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair
Type of:
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

v put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
dress, dress up
dress in a certain manner
costume, dress up
dress in a costume
dress down, underdress
dress informally and casually
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dress, plume, preen, primp
dress or groom with elaborate care
dress up showily
tart up
dress up in a cheap and provocative way
adorn with a robe
bedizen, dizen
dress up garishly and tastelessly
Type of:
dress, get dressed
put on clothes

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