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white tie

1. A white bow tie worn as a part of formal evening dress.
2. Formal evening wear, usually requiring a tailcoat for men and an evening gown for women. White tie is considered the most formal category of evening wear.

white′-tie′ adj.

white′ tie′

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


requiring that male guests wear formal attire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.white-tie - requiring white ties and tailcoats for menwhite-tie - requiring white ties and tailcoats for men; "a white-tie occasion"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"


[ˈwaɪtˌtaɪ] ADJde etiqueta
a white-tie dinneruna cena de etiqueta
see also white C
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