A man in a three-piece suit with a bowler hat, glasses and an umbrella.



  • 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.
  • A garment or set of garments suitable and/or required for a given task or activity: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit, swimsuit.
  • A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor.
  • A full set of armour.
  • 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.
  • Petition, request, entreaty.
  • The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase.
  • Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship.
  • The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal.
  • The full set of sails required for a ship.
  • 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.
  • Regular order; succession.
  • A company of attendants or followers; a retinue.
  • A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite (of rooms etc.)


  • To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit.
  • To be suitable or apt for one's image.
  • To be appropriate or apt for.
  • To dress; to clothe.
  • To please; to make content; to fit one's taste.
  • To agree; to be fitted; to correspond (usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with)


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  • From Middle English sute, borrowed from Anglo-Norman suite and Old French sieute, siute (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. See also the doublet suite. Cognate with Italian seguire and Spanish seguir. Related to sue and segue.

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