Origin of suiting
- 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)
Origin of suit
Related Words for suitingsatisfy, conform, fit, gratify, serve, flatter, please, correspond, enhance, become, befit, modify, amuse, accommodate, adjust, do, accord, square, suffice, tally
Examples from the Web for suiting
Contemporary Examples of suiting
We tried to make his suiting more Irish, to keep him a step away from the aristocracy.Meet the ‘Downton Abbey’ Costume Queen
January 8, 2014
It was a fitting backdrop for the Paris debut of his perfectly calculated, spare gray suiting.Designer Thom Browne Honored at White House With 2012 Cooper-Hewitt Award Winners
July 13, 2012
Historical Examples of suiting
But I tell you frankly that I see no chance of your suiting me.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
And the latter had no hesitation in suiting his reply to his own purpose.The Night Riders
And suiting the action to the word leaped for Peter, both fists flying.The Vagrant Duke
Suiting the action to the word she began on the hard knot at Marjorie's back.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
"Now we must run for our lives, Tom," he said, suiting the action to the word.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- 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)