- The definition of a suit is a complete outfit or a set of clothes meant to be worn together.
An example of suit is a tuxedo.
- Suit means a collection or set of things.
An example of suit is diamonds, spades, hearts and clubs in playing cards.
- a set of clothes to be worn together; now, esp., a coat and trousers (or skirt), and sometimes a vest, usually all of the same material
- any complete outfit: a suit of armor
- Slang a person wearing a suit; specif., a business executive or a bureaucrat: usually a term of mild derision
- a group of similar things forming a set or series; specif., any of the four sets of thirteen playing cards each (spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds) that together make up a pack
- Historical attendance at the court or manor of a feudal lord
- action to secure justice in a court of law; attempt to recover a right or claim through legal action
- an act of suing, pleading, or requesting
- a petition
- the act of wooing; courtship
Origin of suitMiddle English sute, a pursuit, action of suing, garb, set of garments, sequence ; from Old French suite ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sequita, feminine past participle of sequere, to follow ; from Classical Latin sequi, to follow: see sequent
- to meet the requirements of; be right for or appropriate to; befit
- to make right or appropriate; fit; adapt
- to please; satisfy: anything that suits your fancy
- to furnish with clothes, esp. with a suit
- Archaic to correspond or harmonize: usually with to or with
- to be fit, suitable, convenient, or satisfactory
- to play a card of the same suit as the card led
- to follow the example set
someone's strong suitor someone's strongest suit
- a. A set of matching outer garments, especially one consisting of a coat with trousers or a skirt, often worn on formal occasions.b. Slang A person, especially an executive, who wears one of these garments at work.
- An outfit worn for a special activity: a diving suit; a running suit.
- A group of things used together; a set or collection: a suit of sails; a suit of tools.
- Games Any of the four sets of 13 playing cards (clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades) in a standard deck, the members of which bear the same marks.
- Attendance required of a vassal at his feudal lord's court or manor.
- Law A lawsuit.
- The act or an instance of courting a woman; courtship: She was inclined to accept his suit.
verbsuit·ed, suit·ing, suits
- To meet the requirements of; fit: This candidate does not suit our qualifications.
- To make appropriate or suitable; adapt: builders who suit the house to the owner's specifications.
- To be appropriate for; befit: a color that suits you.
- To please; satisfy: a choice that suits us all.
- To provide with clothing; dress: The NCOs suited the recruits in green uniforms.
- To be suitable or acceptable.
- To be in accord; agree or match.
Origin of suitMiddle English sute, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *sequita, act of following, feminine of *sequitus, past participle of *sequere, to follow, from Latin sequī; see suitor.
- A set of clothes to be worn together, now especially a man's matching jacket and trousers (also business suit or lounge suit), or a similar outfit for a woman.
- Nick hired a navy-blue suit for the wedding.
- (by extension) A single garment that covers the whole body: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit.
- (pejorative, slang) A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor.
- Be sure to keep your nose to the grindstone today; the suits are making a "surprise" visit to this department.
- A full set of armour.
- (law) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; a process instituted in a court of law for the recovery of a right or claim; a lawsuit.
- If you take my advice, you'll file suit against him immediately.
- Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship.
- Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend, Till this funereal web my labors end. —Alexander Pope.
- The full set of sails required for a ship.
- (card games) Each of the sets of a pack of cards distinguished by color and/or specific emblems, such as the spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs of traditional Anglo, Hispanic, and French playing cards.
- To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort Her mingled suits and sequences. — William Cowper.
- (archaic) A company of attendants or followers; a retinue.
- (archaic) A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite (of rooms etc.)
(third-person singular simple present suits, present participle suiting, simple past and past participle suited)
- To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit.
- (said of clothes, hairstyle or other fashion item) To be suitable or apt for one's image.
- The ripped jeans didn't suit her elegant image.
- That new top suits you. Where did you buy it?
- To be appropriate or apt for.
- The nickname "Bullet" suits her, since she is a fast runner.
- Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.
- Matthew Prior
- Raise her notes to that sublime degree / Which suits song of piety and thee.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
- “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
- (most commonly used in the passive form) To dress; to clothe.
- To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his place; to fit one's taste.
- My new job suits me, as I work fewer hours and don't have to commute so much.
- (intransitive) To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; — usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with.
From Anglo-Norman siute, from Old French sieute (modern suite), originally a participle adjective from Vulgar Latin *sequita (for secūta), from Latin sequi (“to follow”), because the component garments "follow each other", i.e. are worn together.