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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Clothes
black-tieˌblack-ˈtie adjective  DCCa black-tie event is one at which people wear special formal clothes, such as tuxedos for menwhite-tie
Examples from the Corpus
black-tieAbout 1,500 people at the black-tie affair greeted Clinton with an ovation as he approached the podium.Evening meals were black-tie affairs attended by selected officers.The Democratic mayor has thrown block parties for the masses and black-tie affairs for the elite.a black-tie dinnerMarshall set only one condition on his gift: No black-tie dinners in his honor.A tent worthy of Barnum & Bailey contained an assortment of black-tie outfits worthy of Fortune magazine.So the entire black-tie party for 1,500.
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