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  • adj. Very formal; usually requiring a tailcoat for men.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. requiring formal evening clothes, usually interpreted as a white bow tie and a tailcoat for men, and a formal evening dress for women; -- . Contrasting with black-tie and informal.

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

  • adj. requiring white ties and tailcoats for men
  • n. bow tie worn as part of a man's formal evening dress
  • n. formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men


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  • The shop recently supplied the black- and white-tie shirts for Hugh Bonneville's character Robert, Earl of Grantham, in the television series "Downton Abbey."

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  • The typically stiff white-tie crowd erupted in cheers when wheelchair-bound Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, partially paralyzed by a stroke two decades ago, received the Nobel Prize in literature.

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  • They escorted her to the annual Master of Foxhounds Ball in New York, the white-tie dances for hunt clubs.

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  • The widow of Robert Abplanalp, inventor of the aerosol valve and close friend and adviser to former president Richard Nixon, Mrs. Abplanalp will take her seat on Tuesday at table three, where her family has sat for a few decades at this annual white-tie fund-raiser.

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  • "Alas, the top hat is formal…not to be worn with anything but white-tie tails," he said.

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  • Since Grover Cleveland, every POTUS has sat down to at least one white-tie gathering with the Gridiron, an exclusive cadre of D.C. journalists.

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  • Monday's debut kicks off a week of black-tie, white-tie and informal events all geared toward raising money for and drawing attention to the memorial and Sunday's dedication.

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  • In doing the research, I just personally found out so many things that I just absolutely didn't know, and we're just excited to bring a lot of this new information to the table, says Green, who has worked for the past eight months to produce the white-tie affair slated for DAR Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall.

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  • Of the three, the white-tie is the most shocking thumb in the eye of tradition and convention.

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  • I wonder if we are watching Obama do the same with White-tie - banishing tails for good and redefining white-tie events (as Inaugural Balls usually are) as white-tie with dinner jacket. —

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