black tie

black tie

noun
1.
a black bow tie, worn with a dinner jacket.
2.
semiformal evening wear for men (distinguished from white tie ).

Origin:
1855–60

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black-tie

[blak-tahy]
adjective
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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black tie
 
n
1.  a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
2.  (modifier) denoting an occasion when a dinner jacket should be worn

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