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a black bow tie, worn with a dinner jacket.
semiformal evening wear for men (distinguished from white tie).
requiring that guests wear semiformal attire, especially that men wear black bow ties with tuxedos or dinner jackets:
a black-tie dance.
Contemporary Examples

Caroline Kennedy’s Next Move Lloyd Grove May 4, 2009
Who Is Brooke Mueller? Tricia Romano March 5, 2011
Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny Amy Zimmerman June 2, 2014
Spoofing the Spy Randi Zuckerberg November 11, 2008
Laughter in the Dark Tina Brown February 1, 2009
The White House Goes Glam Rebecca Dana November 23, 2009
History Wrong in Weinstein’s New Madonna Movie ‘W.E.’ Andrew Roberts February 5, 2012

a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
(modifier) denoting an occasion when a dinner jacket should be worn


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