- 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 suit updon, show, cover, wrap, bear, carry, sport, display, drape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak, disguise, attire, equip, dress, trim, adorn, decorate
- 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."
Put on clothes for a particular activity, as in Come on, fellows, it's time to suit up for the hockey game. [Mid-1900s]
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)