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dress suit

noun
1.
a man's suit for formal evening dress, with tail coat and open-front waistcoat.
Origin of dress suit
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10
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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

noun
1.
an ensemble of matching formal evening wear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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