- 1A 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.More example sentences
outfit, set of clothes, ensemble
- Choose jackets, tailored suits and shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts.
- Cerruti has veered away from innocuous and terribly predictable suits; away from trousers, jacket, belt and shoes in perfect harmony.
- He probably also designs those fantastically expensive suits and clothes as well, doodling them down on the backs of team sheets during langours in play.
- 1.1A set of clothes to be worn on a particular occasion or for a particular activity: a jogging suitMore example sentences
- Even Russian men, whose clothing choice was once limited to polyester business suits or polyester jogging suits, have become fussy dressers.
- Don't use a powerlifting suit or shirt; special clothing will make you depend more on momentum than on muscle.
- If you are still clinging to polyester ski pants and an old knit, long sleeved, bike jersey as your race suit, consider Lycra.
- 1.2A complete set of pieces of armor for covering the whole body.More example sentences
- This protects the body of the animal like a suit of armour.
- Many brave knights died while trying to kill the huge beast, the legend goes - until one day, a local hero named Peter took on the worm while wearing a suit of armour covered with razor blades.
- One of the first things Rosemary does before opening her farm shop in the village of Camembert is don a suit of armour - one forged in her imagination.
- 1.3A complete set of sails required for a ship or for a set of spars.More example sentences
- A new vessel would always be provided with at least two suits of sails from the sail-making firm engaged by the owner.
- So, even in this computer-age, the ultimate proving ground of a new suit of sails remains the race course, the way it should be.
- 1.4 (usually suits) • informal An executive in a business or organization, typically one regarded as exercising influence in an impersonal way: maybe now the suits in Washington will listenMore example sentences
businessman, businesswoman, executive, bureaucrat, administrator, manager
- The issue wouldn't have entered the public domain were it not for the suits within these organisations discussing these proposals over a coffee when on SPL business.
- The Union's new boss has overhauled the suits in Murrayfield such that there are new heads of department occupying just about every office going, from marketing to media via finance.
- Yet striking the right balance between the artists and the suits remains remarkably hard.
- 2Any 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.More example sentences
- The classic order of suits is hearts above diamonds, and spades above clubs.
- Tiles in a set of Chinese dominoes are divided into two suits (Civil and Military).
- It is generally easiest to divide a deck by suits, and then give each player all the cards of one suit.
- 3 short for lawsuit.More example sentences
- Ads designed to assemble litigants for class action suits represent an explosive area of growth in legal advertising.
- Thus the position now acknowledged is that in an appropriate case a claimant in a negligence suit may establish a prima facie case by relying on the fact of the accident.
- The Amendment only withholds federal judicial power in suits against the state by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.
- 3.1The 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 nothingMore example sentences
- He took the rejection of his suit to the princess hard, and has plotted revenge against those caused the rejection of his suit.
- The knight undertakes a love suit to the daughter of Selestinus, a wise emperor in Rome, and certain strange terms are agreed upon between them as the condition of her favor.
- 3.2 • literary A petition or entreaty made to a person in authority.More example sentences
- The first concerns his suit to the Queen for the return of Waltham Forest, the second his suit to the Queen for a licence to bring certain commodities into the realm, and the third a petition brought by one Thomas Gurley against Oxford's wife.
- The ambassador for Poland is returning from Rome having made suit to the Pope for 20,000 crowns.
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- 1 [with object] Be convenient for or acceptable to: he lied whenever it suited him [no object]: the apartment has two bedrooms—if it suits, you can have one of themMore example sentences
- Its courses are available on computers connected to the internet, so workers can learn wherever and whenever it suits them and you.
- They play their cards in a completely random fashion, laying down and picking up whenever it suits them.
- The athletes should be able to come to these grounds and practise whenever it suits them.
- 1.1 (suit oneself) [often in imperative] 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.”More example sentences
- I don't think so, for the Government doesn't back date anything unless it suits themselves.
- Departments suited themselves about typefaces and headings.
- In a word, they were doing what every elite in unaccountable institutions do, doing what suited themselves.
- 1.2Go well with or enhance the features, figure, or character of (someone): the dress didn’t suit herMore example sentences
- Each voice suits the character's personality well.
- Stay fit, dress to suit our figure, get a flattering hairstyle, and enhance nature with the right touch of makeup.
- Robert is a very animated character, so Opera suits him for sure.
- 2 [no object] North American Put on clothes, typically for a particular activity: I suited up and entered the waterMore example sentences
- I confidently unloaded the bike, suited up, and swung my leg over the bike to get rolling.
- And I think one of the things that has become very apparent is, we suited up for the war, but we didn't really suit up for the peace adequately.
- We got suited up with our life jackets, helmets and sprayskirts, and then put our kayaks in the water.
- see follow.
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.