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black tie

noun
1.
a black bow tie, worn with a dinner jacket.
2.
semiformal evening wear for men (distinguished from white tie).
Origin of black tie
1855-1860
1855-60

black-tie

[blak-tahy] /ˈblækˈtaɪ/
adjective
1.
requiring that guests wear semiformal attire, especially that men wear black bow ties with tuxedos or dinner jackets:
a black-tie dance.
Compare white-tie.
Origin
1930-35
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  • The manservant, with his plain black clothes and black tie, had entered the room with a deferential little gesture.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He ran into the nursery, carrying the black tie that went under his sailor-collar.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • It was Stephen Hurd, in irreproachable evening clothes save only for his black tie, and his companion was Letty.

    The Missioner E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He wore a black tie, and his shiny boots were of a country cut.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • One wears a black tie until eleven o'clock in Vienna—or does n't.

British Dictionary definitions for black tie

black tie

noun
1.
a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
2.
(modifier) denoting an occasion when a dinner jacket should be worn
Compare white tie
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