attire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v attire put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera","The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
    • n attire clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion "formal attire","battle dress"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Florida, It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
    • Attire Dress; clothes; headdress; anything which dresses or adorns; esp., ornamental clothing. "Earth in her rich attire .""I 'll put myself in poor and mean attire .""Can a maid forget her ornament, or a bride her attire ?"
    • Attire The antlers, or antlers and scalp, of a stag or buck.
    • Attire (Bot) The internal parts of a flower, included within the calyx and the corolla.
    • v. t Attire To dress; to array; to adorn; esp., to clothe with elegant or splendid garments. "Finely attired in a robe of white.""With the linen miter shall he be attired ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • attire To dress; clothe; array; adorn.
    • n attire Dress; clothes; garb; apparel.
    • n attire A dress or costume; an article of apparel.
    • n attire plural In heraldry, the horns of a hart, when used as a bearing.
    • n attire In botany, the stamens collectively.
    • n attire Synonyms Raiment, array, costume, suit, toilet, wardrobe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Attire at-tīr′ to dress, array, or adorn: to prepare
    • n Attire dress: any kind of covering, even the plants that clothe the soil:
    • n Attire (Shak.) a dress or costume
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
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    “Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.”
  • George W. Crane
    George W. Crane
    “Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. atiren, to array, dispose, arrange, OF. atirier,; à,L. ad,) + F. tire, rank, order, row; of Ger. origin: cf. As. tier, row, OHG. ziarī, G. zier, ornament, zieren, to adorn. Cf. Tire a headdress

Usage

In literature:

I never saw one of them without a profound compassion for him, so utterly unhappy did he look in ordinary attire.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
He is attired in crimson hose and doublet of black damask.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
How could I resist the happiness of seeing myself so becomingly attired!
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
As you are going with me, I shall attire myself as a young lay servitor of the convent.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
Women went about in male attire and men and boys in female dress.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
It was improbable that men in savage attire could have about them any articles worth appropriating.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
He was magnificently attired in all the meagre finery he could call into service.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
As Roger's attire was similar to the one he had worn while at Tezcuco, the man recognized him at once.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
It is possible that on that day he may have been poorly attired.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Christmas day in Melbourne the weather was terrifically hot and the lightest sort of summer attire even was uncomfortable.
"A Ball Player's Career" by Adrian C. Anson
The mother should be attired in a white dress; the children in bright-colored costumes, with hair hanging in ringlets.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
A lovely lady came out on the balcony clad in light summer attire, with white lace sleeves, and stood there like a statue.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Hundreds of retainers lined chamber and hall in splendid attire, their only duty being to add life and richness to the scene.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The only remaining force, the small but well-organised police, were attired in a sombre and hygienic manner.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
That may be his mission, here; but this time he has chosen to come in his proper attire.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Attired as he was, Bach was ushered into the presence of his majesty.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
Beneath their veils and feminine attire they were familiarly garbed, and a glance revealed them to be Tinker and his body-guard Bogey.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
The nobility and clergy were in their most gorgeous attire.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
There came in a wealthier class of citizens to settle, and officials were not wanting in showy attire.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
People were promenading in gala attire.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
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In poetry:

I do not ask for other gems;
Flashing with frost and fire
The sky's undying diadems
Shall be my love's attire.
"Jewels: A Young Man to a Merchant" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
She pull-ed off her gown of green,
And put on ragged attire,
And to fair London she would go
Her true love to inquire.
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
If, as I have, you also do
Virtue attir'd in woman see,
And dare love that, and say so too,
And forget the He and She;
"The Undertaking" by John Donne
And now away for West End fair,
Where whiskey, chariot, coach, and chair,
Are all in requisition.
In neat attire the Graces
"West End Fair" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Attired in vest of gayest blue,
He came with lonely tread,
And silent as the beams that threw
Their pale light o'er her head.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
He comes with head as white as snow,
With eyes like flames of fire;
In justice clad from top to toe,
Most glorious in attire.
"Of Judgement" by John Bunyan

In news:

Lopez, 43, wrote on her official website, posting images of her and dancer/choreographer boyfriend Smart in hippie attire.
In 2001, the TLC started conducting undercover stings against street hails, with agents dressing up in business attire to solicit illegal rides.
Cassandro prefers to give interviews in full makeup and ring attire.
Strange attire for a fancy dinner, no.
Restrictions include attire, facilities, says an annual study by Pew Forum.
Jim Gallivan in full 'Zorro' attire greets people of Pomona Library's Together We Read program on Thursday at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.
Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst clearly did not text each other about their Cannes photo op attire for On The Road, Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's cult classic Beat Generation novel.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door, Attire is cocktail reception/business casual.
He's part of that "geekdom phenomenon," be it dressing up for a renaissance gathering or donning proper attire for the 34th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair that.
Those attending can expect to see colorfully attired singers, instrumentalists, jugglers and a jester.
The family requests aloha attire.
SACRAMENTO — Come to the California Automobile Museum dressed in your 1960s Mod attire for a swell time and good company from 6 to 9 pm in Friday, Sept 21.
Don't let the cool, retro headphones and John Lennon sunglasses fool you–not even music and a stylish lawn- mowing attire could make my last lawn mowing experience pleasant.
Rogers was dressed in traditional attire and demonstrated traditional dance steps and music.
In the clip for "Looking Hot," which was released and then yanked on Friday, singer Gwen Stefani is dressed in traditional Native America n attire as part of a Wild West-type story.
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