1archaic : suite 1
2a : recourse or appeal to a feudal superior for justice or redress
b : an action or process in a court for the recovery of a right or claim
3: an act or instance of suing or seeking by entreaty : appeal; specifically : courtship
4: a group of things forming a unit : suite —used chiefly of armor, sails, and counters in games
5: a set of garments: such as
a : an ensemble of two or more usually matching outer garments (such as a jacket, vest, and trousers)
- businessmen wearing three-piece suits
b : a costume to be worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions
- gym suits
6a : all the playing cards in a pack bearing the same symbol
b : all the dominoes bearing the same number
c : all the cards or counters in a particular suit held by one player
- a 5-card suit
d : the suit led
- follow suit
7slang : a business executive —usually used in plural
play \ˈsü-təd\ adjective
noun: suit; plural noun: suits
a set of outer clothes made of the same fabric and designed to be worn together, typically consisting of a jacket and trousers or a jacket and skirt.
|synonyms:||outfit, set of clothes, ensemble
“a pinstriped suit”
- a set of clothes to be worn on a particular occasion or for a particular activity.
“a jogging suit”
- a complete set of pieces of armor for covering the whole body.
- a complete set of sails required for a ship or for a set of spars.
an executive in a business or organization, typically one regarded as exercising influence in an impersonal way.
“maybe now the suits in Washington will listen”
|synonyms:||businessman, businesswoman, executive, bureaucrat, administrator, manager
“suits in faraway boardrooms”
any of the sets distinguished by their pictorial symbols into which a deck of playing cards is divided, in conventional decks comprising spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs.
short for lawsuit.
|synonyms:||legal action, lawsuit, (court) case, action, (legal/judicial) proceedings, litigation
“a medical malpractice suit”
- the process of trying to win a woman’s affection, typically with a view to marriage.
“he could not compete with John’s charms in Marian’s eyes and his suit came to nothing”
|synonyms:||courtship, wooing, attentions
“his suit came to nothing”
a petition or entreaty made to a person in authority.
|synonyms:||entreaty, request, plea, appeal, petition, supplication, application
“they spurned his suit”
verb: suit; 3rd person present: suits; past tense: suited; past participle: suited; gerund or present participle: suiting
be convenient for or acceptable to.
“he lied whenever it suited him”
|synonyms:||be convenient for, be acceptable to, be suitable for, meet the requirements of; More|
- act entirely according to one’s own wishes (often used to express the speaker’s annoyance).
““I’m not going to help you.” “Suit yourself.””
- go well with or enhance the features, figure, or character of (someone).
“the dress didn’t suit her”
|synonyms:||become, work for, look good on, look attractive on, flatter
“blue really suits you”
adapt or make appropriate for (something).
“they took care to suit their answers to the questions put to them”
put on clothes, typically for a particular activity.
“I suited up and entered the water”
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French siwte, from a feminine past participle of a Romance verb based on Latin sequi ‘follow.’ Early senses included ‘attendance at a court’ and ‘legal process’; sense 1 of the noun and sense 2 of the noun derive from an earlier meaning ‘set of things to be used together.’ The verb sense ‘make appropriate’ dates from the late 16th century.