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Meaning of white tie

white' tie'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. formal evening dress for men (distinguished from black tie).
  2. a white bow tie for men, worn with formal evening dress.

white-tie

Pronunciation: (hwīt'tī', wīt'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. requiring that guests wear formal attire, esp. that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress:Cf. a white-tie embassy reception.
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