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black tie

n.
1. A black bow tie worn with a tuxedo.
2. Semiformal evening wear, usually requiring a tuxedo for men and an evening gown or cocktail dress for women.

black′-tie′ adj.
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black tie

n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
2. (modifier) denoting an occasion when a dinner jacket should be worn
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black′ tie′


n.
1. a black bow tie, worn with semiformal evening dress.
2. semiformal evening dress for men.
[1855–60]

black′-tie′



adj.
requiring that male guests wear semiformal evening dress: a black-tie reception.
[1930–35]
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black tie

A black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket by men on formal occasions.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black tie - semiformal evening dress for menblack tie - semiformal evening dress for men  
evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear - attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
2.black tie - a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacketblack tie - a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
bow tie, bowtie, bow-tie - a man's tie that ties in a bow
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Translations

black tie

n "black tie" (on invitations) → "abito scuro"
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And it's being me, Kostya Levin, who went to a ball in a black tie, and was refused by the Shtcherbatskaya girl, and who was intrinsically such a pitiful, worthless creature--that proves nothing; I feel sure Franklin felt just as worthless, and he too had no faith in himself, thinking of himself as a whole.
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Philip thought it was a severe ordeal that the young man was being exposed to, since Athelny, in his brown velvet jacket, flowing black tie, and red tarboosh, was a startling spectacle for an innocent electrical engineer.
He had removed all traces of his journey, and was attired in a Tuxedo dinner coat, a soft-fronted shirt, and a neatly arranged black tie. He wore broad-toed patent boots and double lines of braid down the outsides of his trousers.
Bradley Headstone, in his decent black coat and waistcoat, and decent white shirt, and decent formal black tie, and decent pantaloons of pepper and salt, with his decent silver watch in his pocket and its decent hair-guard round his neck, looked a thoroughly decent young man of six-and-twenty.
In fact, in some cases, when there was no other authority around, the boys and girls in their specially designed black ties might as well have been small gods.
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Several evenings offer formal galas, for which 99 percent of the passengers put on black ties or evening gowns, eager for a chance to evoke Jazz Age glamour.
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