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white tie

noun
1.
formal evening dress for men (distinguished from black tie).
2.
a white bow tie for men, worn with formal evening dress.

white-tie

[hwahyt-tahy, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈtaɪ, ˈwaɪt-/
adjective
1.
requiring that guests wear formal attire, especially that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress:
a white-tie embassy reception.
Compare black-tie.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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British Dictionary definitions for white-tie

white tie

noun
1.
a white bow tie worn as part of a man's formal evening dress
2.
  1. formal evening dress for men
  2. (as modifier) a white-tie occasion
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