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    attired in tights and a cocked hat

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    He drove his horses in the Park; he dined at the fashionable taverns (for the Oriental Club was not as yet invented); he frequented the theatres, as the mode was in those days, or made his appearance at the opera, laboriously attired in tights and a cocked hat.

    attire = put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

    attired = clothed; often used in combination “the elegantly attired gentleman”

    tights = a snug stretchable garment covering the body from the waist or neck down, designed for general wear by women and girls.

    cocked hat = a hat with the brim turned up in two or three places, especially a three-cornered hat; a tricorn.

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    Re: attired in tights and a cocked hat


    Tights are also worn by men - for instance as part of a ceremonial or historical costume.

    Present-day footballers wear them in the colder months to keep their lower extremities warm.


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