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
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
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.”
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 (a) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the plaintiff's demand. [Obs.] (b) In modern usage, to institute an action.
To follow suit. (a) Card Playing See under Follow, v. t. (b) 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 (a) 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, (b). “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)
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.
2. To be fitted to; to accord with; to become; to befit.
Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well. --Dryden.
Raise her notes to that sublime degree
Which suits song of piety and thee. --Prior.
3. To dress; to clothe. [Obs.]
So went he suited to his watery tomb. --Shak.
4. To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his place; to suit one's taste.
Suit, v. i. To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; -- usually followed by with or to.
The place itself was suiting to his care. --Dryden.
Give me not an office
That suits with me so ill. --Addison.
Syn: -- To agree; accord; comport; tally; correspond; match; answer.
n 1: a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law
whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family
brought suit against the landlord" [syn: lawsuit, case,
2: a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers
or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color;
"they buried him in his best suit" [syn: suit of clothes]
3: playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each
set has its own symbol and color; "a flush is five cards
in the same suit"; "in bridge you must follow suit"; "what
suit is trumps?"
4: a businessman dressed in a business suit; "all the suits
care about is the bottom line"
5: a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a
woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a
brief and intense courtship" [syn: courtship, wooing,
6: a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or
v 1: be agreeable or acceptable to; "This suits my needs" [syn: accommodate,
2: be agreeable or acceptable; "This time suits me"
3: accord or comport with; "This kind of behavior does not suit
a young woman!" [syn: befit, beseem]
4: enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This
behavior doesn't suit you!" [syn: become]