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business suit

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noun
  1. a suit, especially one of conservative cut and color.Compare suit(defs 2, 3).

Origin of business suit

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for business suit

Historical Examples

  • To this officer a sack-suit or business-suit is a lounge-suit.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • He disappears, and reappears with a business-suit of black diagonal, which he throws on the bed.

    Evening Dress

    W. D. Howells