American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Attire, such as evening gowns and tuxedos, for wear on formal occasions.
- n. Clothing suited to formal occasions
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening.
- n. attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
- formal + wear (Wiktionary)
“Study the vintage style of designer Ralph Lauren, who varies his formalwear by wearing a tuxedo jacket with faded jeans and scuffed cowboy boots.”
“Interlaid with unbearably long pauses, this turned out to be three rounds: a talent show, a swimwear round, and a formalwear round with interviews.”
“While Web shopping makes many purchases easy, you still need to go to the store to shop for jeans, blazers and your most special formalwear.”
“I spent my entire childhood being reassured by anthropomorphic animated figures that, as long as I spent enough time reading, I would eventually wander into a castle and find myself in a relationship with someone who looked like Chewbacca in formalwear.”
“Trademarks: Necktie outside the sweater; formalwear with a down vest”
“The brand encourages men to wear slippers with casual clothes as well as formalwear.”
“High-strung reporters ordering formalwear online is inherently risky, and on the day before the gowns were due to arrive last week, the system went haywire.”
“He was wearing his signature formalwear - shades, a hooded sweatshirt and running shoes - and mulling a move west from the east coast.”
“After college, Dawn spent 18 years working at a local formalwear company, outfitting everyone from bridegrooms to high school madrigal singers.”
“At the third dream-level, DiCaprio and Murphy find themselves skiing in naff white military snowsuit outfits? much less cool than the formalwear they modelled in the hotel? towards a perfunctorily imagined Dr Evil-style mountainside HQ.”
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