a. A set of matching outer garments, especially one consisting of a coat with trousers or a skirt, often worn on formal occasions.
b. Slang A person, especially an executive, who wears one of these garments at work.
2. An outfit worn for a special activity: a diving suit; a running suit.
3. A group of things used together; a set or collection: a suit of sails; a suit of tools.
4. Games Any of the four sets of 13 playing cards (clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades) in a standard deck, the members of which bear the same marks.
5. Attendance required of a vassal at his feudal lord's court or manor.
6. Law A lawsuit.
7. The act or an instance of courting a woman; courtship: She was inclined to accept his suit.
v. suit·ed, suit·ing, suits
1. To meet the requirements of; fit: This candidate does not suit our qualifications.
2. To make appropriate or suitable; adapt: builders who suit the house to the owner's specifications.
3. To be appropriate for; befit: a color that suits you.
4. To please; satisfy: a choice that suits us all.
5. To provide with clothing; dress: The NCOs suited the recruits in green uniforms.
1. To be suitable or acceptable.
2. To be in accord; agree or match.
To put on clothing designed for a special activity: suits up in shorts for a jog.
[Middle English sute, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *sequita, act of following, feminine of *sequitus, past participle of *sequere, to follow, from Latin sequī; see SUITOR.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.