white-tie

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.
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white-tie

[hwahyt-tahy, wahyt-]
adjective
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:
1950–55

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

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