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
Examples from the Web for suiting
We tried to make his suiting more Irish, to keep him a step away from the aristocracy.
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|Robin Givhan|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At length, when suiting his convenience, the warden went to the dying man's cell.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences|Hosea Quinby
He tells me that, if the place keeps on suiting him as it has so far, he intends making it his permanent home.Thankful's Inheritance|Joseph C. Lincoln
Suiting the action to the word, he lowered himself over the ledge, and slid down the bank to the beach.The Half-Back|Ralph Henry Barbour
And, suiting the action to the word, he set manfully to work.Frank, the Young Naturalist|Harry Castlemon
Suiting his action to his words the mate literally forced the lad to obey.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
- 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)