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Origin of C-suite
What does C-suite mean?
C-suite refers to the group of highest-level executive positions within a corporation or organization, also known as C-level positions.
Where does C-suite come from?
In the corporate world, C-suite is used to refer to those within the most senior group—or suite, in this case meaning “set”—of managers in a company.
The names of these positions generally begin with the letter C for chief, for example, the chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), and chief information officer (CIO). People in this suite are also referred to as C-levels or C-level executives.
C-suite was first recorded around 1990–1995. The use of the term has broadened to refer to being in a position of power and authority more generally.
How is C-suite used in real life?
C-suite was originally, and is still, used as business jargon for corporate senior management.
Its meaning has extended to informally mean “making it to the top” of a business, and it is increasingly used outside the business world as slang for inclusion among the most important or elite people within a given community or enterprise.
C-suite can act as a collective noun for senior management (e.g., the C-suite) as well as a modifier for that level of authority (e.g., C-suite responsibilities).
More examples of C-suite:
“Casey Foss (@cfoss24) shares how she’s learned to balance motherhood with a career in the C-Suite”
—West Monroe Careers, January 2018
Example sentences from the Web for C-suite
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.
“I just got my nails done,” gushes Michael C. Hall, extending his manicured, silver digits towards me.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once she arrived solo at his hotel suite, he drugged her and told her to chase it with a shot of amaretto.Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was literally on the 18th floor in a penthouse suite and I really thought about ending it.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She flew first class, stayed in a luxury penthouse suite and was given money for shopping along with her pay.
C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a drunkard, and had a red face.
He was a bookseller, but better known as a translator of the German contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, &c.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
You will follow the suite of my daughter to Spain, and you will become the bosom Counsellor of the wife of your Prince?The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
(c) Decomposition of exudates anywhere in the body, as in empyema, bronchiectasis, and large tuberculous cavities.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
En effet un soir, sa femme et enfans l'abandonnerent entierement, et s'en allerent cabaner ailleurs, pensant que c'en estoit vuid.