Other forms: attired; attiring; attires

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
  1. noun
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    “formal attire
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
    synonyms: 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
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    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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