Meaning of “black tie” in the English Dictionary

"black tie" in British English

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black tienoun [ U ]

uk /ˌblæk ˈtaɪ/ us /ˌblæk ˈtaɪ/

clothes, including for men a black bow tie, worn for very formal social occasions:

Do we need to wear black tie?
black-tie
adj uk us

a black-tie event
Tonight's dinner is black-tie.

(Definition of “black tie” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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