requiring white ties and tailcoats for men

a white-tie occasion

Similar to: ↑formal

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/hwuyt"tuy", wuyt"-/, adj.
requiring that guests wear formal attire, esp. that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress: a white-tie embassy reception. Cf. black-tie.

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whiteˈ-tie adjective
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Main Entry:white

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white-tie UK US adjective
a white-tie social occasion is very formal and men must wear white bow ties and tails
Thesaurus: words used to describe social eventshyponym

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1. a white bow tie, such as is worn by men in formal evening clothes.
2. formal evening clothes for men that include a white bow tie: »

decreeing that all male guests appear in white tie (New Yorker).

white-tie «HWYT TY», adjective.
of or having to do with a formal affair at which white ties are worn.

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— used to describe a formal event at which men wear white ties and white formal coats and women wear formal gowns

a white-tie reception/event

compare black-tie

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ˌwhite-ˈtie [white-tie] adjective
(of social occasions) very formal, when men are expected to wear white ↑bow ties and jackets with ↑tails

Is it a white-tie affair?

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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