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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


a- +‎ tire +‎ -ier.



  1. to arrange; to put into order
  2. to equip; to prepare
  3. to dress; to adorn; to decorate
    • 12th century CE, Thomas de Kent, 'Roman de toute chevalerie' [Roman of all chivalry], translation of Alexander romance; republished as B. Foster, with the assistance of I. Short, editor, 'The Anglo-Norman 'Alexander'​', London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1976, ANTS 29-31 (1976), and 32-33 (1977):
      La citee richement fesoit atirer
      He richly decorated the city


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -ier, with a palatal stem. These verbs are conjugated mostly like verbs in -er, but there is an extra i before the e of some endings. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • English: attire
  • French: attirer