Idioms

    follow suit,
    1. Cards.to play a card of the same suit as that led.
    2. 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

1250–1300; Middle English siute, sute, suite (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French, akin to sivre to follow. See sue, suite
Related formssuit·like, adjectivecoun·ter·suit, nounre·suit, noun, verb (used with object)un·der·suit, nounun·der·suit, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedsuit suite
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Examples from the Web for suit

Contemporary Examples of suit

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.

  • My reason is that I wish to have a son-in-law who will suit my wants.

  • "Some pretty cloak and suit models get big wages," said Cadge.

  • He was an athletic man, and the indolence of camp life did not suit him as it did Yates.


British Dictionary definitions for suit

suit

noun

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
  1. to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
  2. to act in the same way as someone else
strong suit or strongest suit something that one excels in

verb

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
Derived Formssuitlike, adjective

Word Origin for suit

C13: from Old French sieute set of things, from sivre to follow; compare sue
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Word Origin and History for suit
n.

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.

v.

"be agreeable or convenient," 1570s, from suit (n.), probably from the notion of "provide with a set of new clothes."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with suit

suit

In addition to the idioms beginning with suit

  • suit down to the ground
  • suit oneself
  • suit up

also see:

  • birthday suit
  • empty suit
  • follow suit
  • long suit
  • strong point (suit)
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