Definition of suite in English:

suite

Syllabification: suite
Pronunciation: /swēt
 
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noun

  • 1A set of rooms designated for one person’s or family’s use or for a particular purpose.
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    • The kitchen area, which will serve smaller suites of dining rooms, is extensive enough to ensure that guests will not be eating sandwiches.
    • We shared a ‘state room,’ which was actually a suite with a common room, a bathroom, and two smaller bedrooms for us at either side.
    • We slept in a family suite, with two single beds in the bedroom for Gabrielle and Matthew and a pull-down double bed in the lounge for my wife and me.
  • 1.1A set of coordinating furniture.
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    • The Leather Sofa Company is now the premier arena in the South East for leather sofas, suites, armchairs, recliners and the new vogue - suede and leather cube poufs.
    • The family's purchases from Courts in Staples Corner, London, included a dining table and four chairs, a coffee table, a lamp table, a three-piece suite and a bed.
    • A star attraction was a bedroom suite designed by Royal furniture maker David Linley which sold for £19,200.
  • 2 Music A set of instrumental compositions, originally in dance style, to be played in succession.
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    • His division of works into dance suites and more serious music is essentially the same as Corelli's distinction between sonate da camera and sonate da chiesa.
    • Partitas are simply suites of dances, although we shall quickly see that Bach's dances aren't meant for court or rustic dancers.
    • Brooks Bruzzese perfectly delineated the sentimentality of Holst's Air and brought high spirited pulse to the suite's concluding Dance.
  • 2.1A set of selected pieces from an opera or musical, arranged to be played as one instrumental work.
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    • Spring Songs, the little suite of five pieces for treble recorder that opens this disc, lives up to its title.
    • The late musicologist Christopher Palmer tried to promote this score by arranging a suite from it.
    • Prokofiev fashioned a suite of six pieces resembling a classical divertimento, but one laced with dissonances, evoking Stravinsky's Octet.
  • 3 Computing A set of programs with a uniform design and the ability to share data.
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    • All the programs in the suite have a coherent design, even when you start getting into their more complex settings, and it's in this usability that McAfee is head and shoulders above any of its rivals.
    • QMTP is a supplemental suite of programs designed for moving mail over slow connections.
    • Over the years, IBM Lotus has developed a broad suite of collaborative applications designed to run as part of its core groupware platform.
  • 4A group of people in attendance on a monarch or other person of high rank.
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    • At twelve precisely of that day, Queen Victoria and her suite entered London, coming from Scotland where she had been residing for some time.
    • His flight was arranged for during one of the king's long marches when the party had stopped for the night at a farm-house; and the king and his suite occupied a barn, and the prince and his attendants slept in another at some little distance.
    • On Saturday, 22nd, His Royal Highness, after visiting several of the public buildings of the city, accompanied by his suite, took his departure from Chicago by the same car that had brought him.
  • 5 Geology A group of minerals, rocks, or fossils occurring together and characteristic of a location or period.
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    • The subalkaline character of the magmatic activity, combined with the prevalence of acidic effusive rocks, is characteristic of an orogenic suite developed on continental crust.
    • The island contains a suite of rocks deposited in a forearc setting to the west of a magmatic arc, formed as the Pacific plate was subducted beneath Antarctica.
    • We also describe, as a case study, a suite of these rocks from the Antarctic Peninsula.

Origin

late 17th century: from French, from Anglo-Norman French siwte (see suit).

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