Definition of suite in English:

suite

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Pronunciation: /swiːt
 
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noun

1A set of rooms designated for one person’s or family’s use or for a particular purpose: a suite of reception rooms
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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.
Synonyms
apartment, flat, set of rooms, suite of rooms; living quarters, rooms, chambers
1.1A set of coordinating furniture: there is plenty of space for a dining table and a three-piece suite
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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.
3A group of people in attendance on a monarch or other person of high rank: the Royal Saloon was built for the use of the Queen and her suite
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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.
Synonyms
4 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.
5 Geology A group of minerals, rocks, or fossils occurring together and characteristic of a location or period: potassic rock suites are a characteristic feature of the area
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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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