[ sweet or, for 3 often, soot ]
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  1. a number of things forming a series or set.

  2. a connected series of rooms to be used together: a hotel suite.

  1. a set of furniture, especially a set comprising the basic furniture necessary for one room: a bedroom suite.

  2. a company of followers or attendants; a train or retinue.

  3. Music.

    • an ordered series of instrumental dances, in the same or related keys, commonly preceded by a prelude.

    • an ordered series of instrumental movements of any character.

  4. Computers. a group of software programs sold as a unit and usually designed to work together.

Origin of suite

1665–75; <French, apparently metathetic variant of Old French siute (see suit); akin to sue, suitor

Words that may be confused with suite

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How to use suite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suite


/ (swiːt) /

  1. a series of items intended to be used together; set

  2. a number of connected rooms in a hotel forming one living unit: the presidential suite

  1. a matching set of furniture, esp of two armchairs and a settee

  2. a number of attendants or followers

  3. music

    • an instrumental composition consisting of several movements in the same key based on or derived from dance rhythms, esp in the baroque period

    • an instrumental composition in several movements less closely connected than a sonata

    • a piece of music containing movements based on or extracted from music already used in an opera, ballet, play, etc

Origin of suite

C17: from French, from Old French sieute; see suit

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Cultural definitions for suite


[ (sweet) ]

A group of related pieces of music or movements played in sequence. In the baroque era, a suite was a succession of different kinds of dances. In more recent times, suites have contained excerpts from longer works, such as ballets, or have simply portrayed a scene, as in Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite.

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