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  • adj. Moderately formal; usually requiring a dinner jacket (tuxedo) for men.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. requiring semiformal evening clothes, e. g. a black bowtie and a tuxedo or dinner jacket for men, and a formal dress for women; contrasted with white-tie, for a fully formal occasion, and with informal, and casual.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. moderately formal; requiring a dinner jacket
  • n. a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
  • n. semiformal evening dress for men


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  • That evening I was attending a big Democratic Party dinner at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, a black-tie fund-raiser, and the news spread through the room with whispers and gasps.

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  • The Awards were announced at a black-tie event here in New York with the Indian Ambassador to the U.S., the Hon.

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  • I used to quite enjoy going to the black-tie Balls at Uni in Scotland, but the idea of office get-togethers here in north america fills me with horror.

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  • Elsewhere, guests at black-tie functions were likely miffed by the weather.

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  • It was always a glittering black-tie affair with fine silver candelabras and McLean presiding with the forty-five-and-a-half-carat Hope Diamond dangling from her neck.

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  • As the black-tie party got into full swing, the beautiful and glamorous Becky Hamilton made her entrance, sweeping down the circular staircase into the living room wearing a stunning off-the-shoulder black gown with swirling inserts of lace.

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  • Three months earlier, Bush had already obliquely acknowledged this at the annual Radio & TV Correspondents black-tie dinner in Washington, where he joked about how no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq.

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  • Somehow it has become the Platonic ideal of a D.C. black-tie gala.

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  • At the black-tie awards dinner, sponsored by Mont Blanc and honoring Julie Andrews, much was made of the various awards the organization has given to the filmmaker and choreographer Jon M.

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  • It's twilight in Cannes, when the sea turns a fairytale pink and mauve, and throngs of freshly showered film industry people suddenly emerge from their hotels, all spruced up in their black-tie finery.

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