suit

suit, suite
The two forms are in origin the same word, and differences of usage are the result of historical choices since the 17c. In modern English we speak of a suit of clothes, armour, and playing cards, as well as a lawsuit and paying suit to (i.e. courting) a woman; and a suite of rooms, furniture, musical pieces, etc., as well as people in attendance on a high-ranking person.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • suit — suit …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Suit — (s[=u]t), n. [OE. suite, F. suite, OF. suite, sieute, fr. suivre to follow, OF. sivre; perhaps influenced by L. secta. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Sect}, {Suite}.] 1. The act of following or pursuing, as game; pursuit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suit — n [Anglo French siute suite suit request to initiate legal proceedings, literally, pursuit, from siute, feminine past participle of suire to follow, from Old French sivre see sue]: a proceeding to enforce a right or claim; specif: an action… …   Law dictionary

  • suit — [suːt, sjuːt ǁ suːt] noun 1. [countable] LAW a case brought to a court of law by a private person or company, not by the police or government; = LAWSUIT: • Ms. Sobel filed a suit, claiming sex discrimination. 2. [countable] a set of clothes mad …   Financial and business terms

  • suit — [so͞ot] n. [ME sute, a pursuit, action of suing, garb, set of garments, sequence < OFr suite < VL * sequita, fem. pp. of sequere, to follow < L sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. a) a set of clothes to be worn together; now, esp., a coat… …   English World dictionary

  • suit — 1 *prayer, plea, petition, appeal Analogous words: entreaty, importuning or importunity, imploring, supplication (see corresponding verbs at BEG): asking, requesting or request, soliciting or solicitation (see corresponding verbs at ASK) 2 Suit,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Suit — is a term with various meanings:*A lawsuit, an action brought before a court, as to recover a right or redress a grievance *Suit (clothing), a combination of formal clothing, such as a jacket and matching trousers *Environmental suit, a piece of… …   Wikipedia

  • suit — [n1] matching top and bottom clothing clothing, costume, dress, ensemble, getup*, gray flannel*, habit, livery, outfit, threads*, tuxedo, uniform, wardrobe; concept 451 suit [n2] legal action case, cause, lawsuit, litigation, proceeding,… …   New thesaurus

  • suit up — ˌsuit ˈup [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they suit up he/she/it suits up present participle suiting up past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • Suit — Suit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suiting}.] 1. To fit; to adapt; to make proper or suitable; as, to suit the action to the word. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To be fitted to; to accord with; to become; to befit. [1913 Webster] Ill… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suit — SUÍT s.n. 1. Faptul de a (se) sui; urcare, suire, suiş (1). 2. Acţiunea de a transporta un obiect într un loc ridicat; urcat. – v. sui. Trimis de rain drop, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Suit ≠ coborât Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa: Antonime… …   Dicționar Român

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