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dress suit

a man's suit for formal evening dress, with tail coat and open-front waistcoat.
Origin of dress suit
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I've hung your dress suit in the closet in case you want it, though that isn't likely.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His dress suit of former days he had found much too dilapidated for use.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I've never seen you in your dress suit,' she said as she opened the door for him.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • He wore a dress suit, and could chin the bar twice with one hand.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • "This dress suit is going to get all it wants to eat," said Skinner with finality.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
  • Galbraithe lowered his dress suit case, and wiped his forehead.

  • Doesn't Timothy look just perfectly heavenly when he has on a dress suit?

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • In a small town a dress suit on any occasion is apt to seem an affectation.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • In France a dress suit is worn upon nearly all festive occasions.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • This mysterious individual was garbed in a dress suit of solemn black.

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for dress suit

dress suit

an ensemble of matching formal evening wear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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