- one of the four sets or classes (spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs) into which a common deck of playing cards is divided.
- the aggregate of cards belonging to one of these sets held in a player's hand at one time: Spades were his long suit.
- one of various sets or classes into which less common decks of cards are divided, as lances, hammers, etc., found in certain decks formerly used or used in fortune telling.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Cards.to play a card of the same suit as that led.
- to follow the example of another: The girl jumped over the fence, and her playmates followed suit.
Origin of suit
Related Words for suituniform, costume, wardrobe, dress, ensemble, tuxedo, case, litigation, proceeding, prosecution, trial, lawsuit, application, court, petition, satisfy, conform, fit, gratify, serve
Examples from the Web for suit
Contemporary Examples of suit
The pieces are near-identical, excepting the signature buttons on the Chanel suit and a few small tailoring details.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
December 24, 2014
Those services will remain untouched by the current suit, according to City Attorney spokesman Frank Manteljan.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
Being dapper is all about attention to detail, like sporting a perfectly tucked handkerchief in your suit pocket.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life
November 29, 2014
According to his suit, Carleton would rotate four new boys into his home every semester.Headmasters Behaving Badly
November 29, 2014
When you get the kind of discharge I had, they give you a suit and fifty dollars.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
Historical Examples of suit
He said, 'We make precedents in the West when we can't find one to suit us.'The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The subject is one which can be popularized to suit even such an audience.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
My reason is that I wish to have a son-in-law who will suit my wants.The Imaginary Invalid
"Some pretty cloak and suit models get big wages," said Cadge.The Bacillus of Beauty
He was an athletic man, and the indolence of camp life did not suit him as it did Yates.In the Midst of Alarms
- to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
- to act in the same way as someone else
Word Origin for suit
c.1300, "attendance at court, the company attending," also their livery or uniform, via Anglo-French siwte, from Old French suitte "attendance, act of following," from Gallo-Romance *sequita, fem. of *sequitus, from Latin secutus, past participle of sequi "to attend, follow" (see sequel).
Meaning "application to a court for justice, lawsuit" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "set of clothes to be worn together" is attested from early 15c., from notion of the livery or uniform of court attendants. As a derisive term for "businessman," it dates from 1979. Meaning "set of playing cards bearing the same symbol" is first attested 1520s, also from the notion of livery. Hence, to follow suit (1670s), which is from card playing.
"be agreeable or convenient," 1570s, from suit (n.), probably from the notion of "provide with a set of new clothes."
In addition to the idioms beginning with suit
- suit down to the ground
- suit oneself
- suit up
- birthday suit
- empty suit
- follow suit
- long suit
- strong point (suit)