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
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Examples from the Web for dress suit

Historical Examples of dress suit

  • Placing his dress-suit case in the house, he walked down to the barn.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • And then Tom sent the dress-suit case after him; and the fun came to an end.

    The Rover Boys in the Air

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • Roberts: "I was trying to think where I'd put my dress-suit."

    Evening Dress

    W. D. Howells

  • He would make it a dress-suit affair and give the little girl a chance.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Beside him was a dress-suit case, and he looked as if he was ready to travel.

    The Boy from the Ranch

    Frank V. Webster

British Dictionary definitions for dress suit

dress suit


an ensemble of matching formal evening wear
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