- a set of clothing, armor, or the like, intended for wear together.
- a set of men's garments of the same color and fabric, consisting of trousers, a jacket, and sometimes a vest.
- a similarly matched set consisting of a skirt and jacket, and sometimes a topcoat or blouse, worn by women.
- any costume worn for some special activity: a running suit.
- Often suits. Slang. an executive, manager, or official, especially one regarded as a faceless decision maker.
- Law. the act, the process, or an instance of suing in a court of law; legal prosecution; lawsuit.
- 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.
- suite(defs 1–3, 5).
- the wooing or courting of a woman: She rejected his suit.
- the act of making a petition or an appeal.
- a petition, as to a person of rank or station.
- Also called set. Nautical. a complete group of sails for a boat.
- one of the seven classes into which a standard set of 28 dominoes may be divided by matching the numbers on half the face of each: a three suit contains the 3-blank, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, and 3-6. Since each such suit contains one of each of the other possible suits, only one complete suit is available per game.
- to make appropriate, adapt, or accommodate, as one thing to another: to suit the punishment to the crime.
- to be appropriate or becoming to: Blue suits you very well.
- to be or prove satisfactory, agreeable, or acceptable to; satisfy or please: The arrangements suit me.
- to provide with a suit, as of clothing or armor; clothe; array.
- to be appropriate or suitable; accord.
- to be satisfactory, agreeable, or acceptable.
- suit up, to dress in a uniform or special suit.
- follow suit,
- 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.
- suit oneself, to do what one wants to do or what is best for oneself, without regard for others (often used imperatively): I don’t agree with you, but okay, suit yourself.
Origin of suit
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- any set of clothes of the same or similar material designed to be worn together, now usually (for men) a jacket with matching trousers or (for women) a jacket with matching or contrasting skirt or trousers
- (in combination) any outfit worn for a specific purposea spacesuit
- any set of items, such as the full complement of sails of a vessel or parts of personal armour
- any of the four sets of 13 cards in a pack of playing cards, being spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. The cards in each suit are two to ten, jack, queen, and king in the usual order of ascending value, with ace counting as either the highest or lowest according to the game
- a civil proceeding; lawsuit
- the act or process of suing in a court of law
- a petition or appeal made to a person of superior rank or status or the act of making such a petition
- slang a business executive or white-collar manager
- a man's courting of a woman
- follow suit
- to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
- to act in the same way as someone else
- strong suit or strongest suit something that one excels in
- to make or be fit or appropriate forthat dress suits you
- to meet the requirements or standards (of)
- to be agreeable or acceptable to (someone)
- suit oneself to pursue one's own intentions without reference to others
Word Origin and History 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."
Idioms and Phrases with suit
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)