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attire

[uh-tahyuh r] /əˈtaɪər/
verb (used with object), attired, attiring.
1.
to dress, array, or adorn, especially for special occasions, ceremonials, etc.
noun
2.
clothes or apparel, especially rich or splendid garments.
3.
the horns of a deer.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English atiren < Anglo-French atirer, Old French atirier, verbal derivative of a tire into a row or rank (see a-3, tier1); (noun) Middle English atir < Anglo-French, noun derivative of the v.
Related forms
reattire, verb (used with object), reattired, reattiring.
unattired, adjective
well-attired, adjective
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  • By the way, the sermon was all about fishing - the pastor even came out in fishing attire and carrying a fishing rod.
  • As for the attire, most guests opted for simple, formal looks.
  • As precise as he is on the court, it carries over into his everyday attire.
  • Seems like my boots, jeans, and t'shirt are perfect attire for this event.
  • His attire is mostly baseball caps, jeans and horizontally striped T-shirts — sometimes with long sleeves, sometimes short.
  • Officials will encourage students to wear beach attire to the games.
  • She felt intimidated by his more formal attire; he looked uncomfortable as well, eyes darting as he pressed himself into a corner.
British Dictionary definitions for attire

attire

/əˈtaɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to dress, esp in fine elegant clothes; array
noun
2.
clothes or garments, esp if fine or decorative
3.
the antlers of a mature male deer
Word Origin
C13: from Old French atirier to put in order, from tire row; see tier1
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Word Origin and History for attire
v.

c.1300, "to fit out, equip; to dress in finery, to adorn," from Old French atirier "to equip, ready, prepare," from a- "to" + tire "order, row, dress" (see tier). Related: Attired; attiring.

n.

c.1300, "equipment of a man-at-arms; fine apparel," from attire (v.).

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