White-tie
White-tie White-tie, a. requiring formal evening clothes, usually interpreted as a white bow tie and a tailcoat for men, and a formal evening dress for women; -- as, a white-tie reception at the embassy. Contrasting with {black-tie} and {informal}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • White tie — (evening dress, full evening dress in the U.K.) is the most formal evening dress code. In the United Kingdom, civilian day court dress in the Royal court is similar to white tie. Yet, white tie has replaced it in formal state occasions, e.g.… …   Wikipedia

  • white-tie — adj [only before noun] a white tie social occasion is a very formal one at which the men wear white ↑bow ties and ↑tails →↑black tie …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • white tie — white′ tie′ n. 1) clo a white bow tie, worn with formal evening dress 2) clo formal evening dress for men (disting. from black tie ) …   From formal English to slang

  • white-tie — adjective a white tie social occasion is very formal and men must wear white BOW TIES and TAILS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • white tie — ► NOUN 1) a white bow tie worn by men as part of full evening dress. 2) full evening dress …   English terms dictionary

  • white tie — n. 1. a white bow tie, properly worn with a swallow tailed coat 2. a swallow tailed coat and its accessories …   English World dictionary

  • white-tie — white′ tie′ adj. clo requiring that male guests wear formal attire …   From formal English to slang

  • white tie — noun 1. bow tie worn as part of a man s formal evening dress • Hypernyms: ↑bow tie, ↑bow tie, ↑bowtie 2. formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men • Syn: ↑dress suit, ↑full dress, ↑tailcoat, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • white-tie — adjective requiring white ties and tailcoats for men a white tie occasion • Similar to: ↑formal * * * /hwuyt tuy , wuyt /, adj. requiring that guests wear formal attire, esp. that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress: a white tie… …   Useful english dictionary

  • white tie — /waɪt ˈtaɪ / (say wuyt tuy) noun 1. a white bow tie for men, worn with the most formal style of evening dress. 2. Also, white tie and tails. the most formal style of evening dress for men, of which the characteristic garments are a white bow tie… …   Australian English dictionary

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