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Meaning of suite by Wiktionary Dictionary

suite


    Etymology

    From French suite .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /swiːt/
    • Rhymes: -iːt
    • Homophone: sweet

    Noun

    suite ( plural: suites )

    1. A retinue or company of attendants, as of a distinguished personage; as, the suite of an ambassador .
    2. A connected series or succession of objects; a number of things used or classed together; a set; as, a suite of rooms; a suite of minerals.
    3. A group of connected rooms, usually separable from other rooms by means of access .
      The Presidential suite is well appointed and allows for good security .
    4. ( music ) a musical form, popular before the time of the sonata, consisting of a string or series of pieces all in the same key, mostly in various dance rhythms, with sometimes an elaborate prelude .
    5. ( music ) an excerpt of instrumental music from a larger work that contains other elements besides the music; for example, the Nutcracker Suite is the music ( but not the dancing ) from the ballet The Nutcracker, and the Carmen Suite is the instrumental music ( but not the singing and dancing ) from the opera Carmen .

    Related terms

    Anagrams

    • etuis, étuis


Explanation of suite by Wordnet Dictionary

suite


    Noun
    1. apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit ( as in a hotel )

    2. a musical composition of several movements only loosely connected

    3. a matching set of furniture

    4. the group following and attending to some important person



    Definition of suite by GCIDE Dictionary

    suite


    1. Suit ( sūt ), 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.]

      2. The act of suing; the process by which one endeavors to gain an end or an object; an attempt to attain a certain result; pursuit; endeavor.

      Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone. Spenser.

      3. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in marriage; courtship.

      Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,

      Till this funereal web my labors end. Pope.

      4. ( Law ) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; an action or process for the recovery of a right or claim; legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of right before any tribunal; as, “a civil suit; a criminal suit; a suit in chancery.”

      I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino. Shak.

      In England the several suits, or remedial instruments of justice, are distinguished into three kinds -- actions personal, real, and mixed. Blackstone.

      5. That which follows as a retinue; a company of attendants or followers; the assembly of persons who attend upon a prince, magistrate, or other person of distinction; -- often written suite, and pronounced swēt.

      6. Things that follow in a series or succession; the individual objects, collectively considered, which constitute a series, as of rooms, buildings, compositions, etc.; -- often written suite, and pronounced swēt.

      7. A number of things used together, and generally necessary to be united in order to answer their purpose; a number of things ordinarily classed or used together; a set; as, “a suit of curtains; a suit of armor; a suit of clothes; a three-piece business suit.” “Two rogues in buckram suits.” Shak.

      8. ( Playing Cards ) One of the four sets of cards which constitute a pack; -- each set consisting of thirteen cards bearing a particular emblem, as hearts, spades, clubs, or diamonds; also, the members of each such suit held by a player in certain games, such as bridge; as, “hearts were her long suit”.

      To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort

      Her mingled suits and sequences. Cowper.

      9. Regular order; succession. [Obs.]

      Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again. Bacon.

      10. Hence: ( derived from def 7 ) Someone who dresses in a business suit, as contrasted with more informal attire; specifically, a person, such as business executive, or government official, who is apt to view a situation formalistically, bureaucratically, or according to formal procedural criteria; -- used derogatively for one who is inflexible, esp. when a more humanistic or imaginative approach would be appropriate.

      Out of suits, having no correspondence. [Obs.] Shak. -- Suit and service ( Feudal Law ), the duty of feudatories to attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of peace, and in war to follow them and do military service; -- called also suit service. Blackstone. -- Suit broker, one who made a trade of obtaining the suits of petitioners at court. [Obs.] -- Suit court ( O. Eng. Law ), the court in which tenants owe attendance to their lord. -- Suit covenant ( O. Eng. Law ), a covenant to sue at a certain court. -- Suit custom ( Law ), a service which is owed from time immemorial. -- Suit service. ( Feudal Law ) See Suit and service, above. -- To bring suit. ( Law ) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the plaintiff's demand. [Obs.] In modern usage, to institute an action. -- To follow suit. ( Card Playing ) See under Follow, v. t. To mimic the action of another person; to perform an action similar to what has preceded; as, “when she walked in, John left the room and his wife followed
      suit”. -- long suit ( Card Playing ) the suit8 of which a player has the largest number of cards in his hand; as, “his long suit was clubs, but his partner insisted on making hearts trumps.”. Hence: [fig.] that quality or capability which is a person's best asset; as, “we could see from the mess in his room that neatness was not his long suit”. -- strong suit same as long suit, “I think our strong suit is that we can score from both the perimeter and the post.” Bill Disbrow ( basketball coach ) 1998. “Rigid ideological consistency has never been a strong suit of the Whole Earth Catalogue.” Bruce Sterling ( The Hacker Crackdown, 1994 )

    2. Suit ( sūt ), 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.]

      2. The act of suing; the process by which one endeavors to gain an end or an object; an attempt to attain a certain result; pursuit; endeavor.

      Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone. Spenser.

      3. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in marriage; courtship.

      Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,

      Till this funereal web my labors end. Pope.

      4. ( Law ) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; an action or process for the recovery of a right or claim; legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of right before any tribunal; as, “a civil suit; a criminal suit; a suit in chancery.”

      I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino. Shak.

      In England the several suits, or remedial instruments of justice, are distinguished into three kinds -- actions personal, real, and mixed. Blackstone.

      5. That which follows as a retinue; a company of attendants or followers; the assembly of persons who attend upon a prince, magistrate, or other person of distinction; -- often written suite, and pronounced swēt.

      6. Things that follow in a series or succession; the individual objects, collectively considered, which constitute a series, as of rooms, buildings, compositions, etc.; -- often written suite, and pronounced swēt.

      7. A number of things used together, and generally necessary to be united in order to answer their purpose; a number of things ordinarily classed or used together; a set; as, “a suit of curtains; a suit of armor; a suit of clothes; a three-piece business suit.” “Two rogues in buckram suits.” Shak.

      8. ( Playing Cards ) One of the four sets of cards which constitute a pack; -- each set consisting of thirteen cards bearing a particular emblem, as hearts, spades, clubs, or diamonds; also, the members of each such suit held by a player in certain games, such as bridge; as, “hearts were her long suit”.

      To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort

      Her mingled suits and sequences. Cowper.

      9. Regular order; succession. [Obs.]

      Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again. Bacon.

      10. Hence: ( derived from def 7 ) Someone who dresses in a business suit, as contrasted with more informal attire; specifically, a person, such as business executive, or government official, who is apt to view a situation formalistically, bureaucratically, or according to formal procedural criteria; -- used derogatively for one who is inflexible, esp. when a more humanistic or imaginative approach would be appropriate.

      Out of suits, having no correspondence. [Obs.] Shak. -- Suit and service ( Feudal Law ), the duty of feudatories to attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of peace, and in war to follow them and do military service; -- called also suit service. Blackstone. -- Suit broker, one who made a trade of obtaining the suits of petitioners at court. [Obs.] -- Suit court ( O. Eng. Law ), the court in which tenants owe attendance to their lord. -- Suit covenant ( O. Eng. Law ), a covenant to sue at a certain court. -- Suit custom ( Law ), a service which is owed from time immemorial. -- Suit service. ( Feudal Law ) See Suit and service, above. -- To bring suit. ( Law ) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the plaintiff's demand. [Obs.] In modern usage, to institute an action. -- To follow suit. ( Card Playing ) See under Follow, v. t. To mimic the action of another person; to perform an action similar to what has preceded; as, “when she walked in, John left the room and his wife followed
      suit”. -- long suit ( Card Playing ) the suit8 of which a player has the largest number of cards in his hand; as, “his long suit was clubs, but his partner insisted on making hearts trumps.”. Hence: [fig.] that quality or capability which is a person's best asset; as, “we could see from the mess in his room that neatness was not his long suit”. -- strong suit same as long suit, “I think our strong suit is that we can score from both the perimeter and the post.” Bill Disbrow ( basketball coach ) 1998. “Rigid ideological consistency has never been a strong suit of the Whole Earth Catalogue.” Bruce Sterling ( The Hacker Crackdown, 1994 )

    3. Suite , n. [F. See Suit, n.]
      1. A retinue or company of attendants, as of a distinguished personage; as, “the suite of an ambassador”. See Suit, n., 5.

      2. A connected series or succession of objects; a number of things used or clessed together; a set; as, “a suite of rooms; a suite of minerals”. See Suit, n., 6.

      Mr. Barnard took one of the candles that stood upon the king's table, and lighted his majesty through a suite of rooms till they came to a private door into the library. Boswell.

      3. ( Mus. ) One of the old musical forms, before the time of the more compact sonata, consisting of a string or series of pieces all in the same key, mostly in various dance rhythms, with sometimes an elaborate prelude. Some composers of the present day affect the suite form.