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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
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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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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