suit

Among many other meanings, a suit is a jacket and pants that match — formalwear for men. Suits are well-suited (appropriate) for some jobs and formal events, like a funeral.

A suit is also short for a lawsuit — like when you file a suit against a doctor who removed the wrong kidney. A suit is also an appeal to someone who has something you want — like money or affection. In cards, the suits are hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs. If a hat looks good on you, it suits you. In fact, you can say of just about anything you like, "That suits me." Like a well-fitting suit, when something suits you, you enjoy it and feel comfortable with it.

Primary Meanings of suit

1.
n
a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color
2.
n
a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
3.
n
a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)
4.
n
playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each set has its own symbol and color
5.
v
be agreeable or acceptable
Full Definitions of suit
1

n 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
Synonyms:
suit of clothes
Types:
show 9 types...
hide 9 types...
business suit
a suit of clothes traditionally worn by businessmen
double-breasted suit
a suit with a double-breasted jacket
pinstripe
a suit made from a fabric with very thin stripes
single-breasted suit
a suit having a single-breasted jacket
slack suit
casual dress consisting of slacks and matching jacket
zoot suit
a flashy suit of extreme cut
pants suit, pantsuit
a pair of pants and a matching jacket worn by women
three-piece suit
a business suit consisting of a jacket and vest and trousers
lounge suit, two-piece, two-piece suit
a business suit consisting of a matching jacket and skirt or trousers
Type of:
garment
an article of clothing

n (slang) a businessman dressed in a business suit

“all the suits care about is the bottom line”
Type of:
businessman, man of affairs
a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
2

n 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”
Synonyms:
case, causa, cause, lawsuit
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
civil suit
a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant
class action, class-action suit
a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
countersuit
a suit brought against someone who has sued you
criminal suit
a lawsuit alleging violations of criminal law by the defendant
moot
a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
bastardy proceeding, paternity suit
a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined)
Type of:
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
3

n a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)

Synonyms:
courting, courtship, wooing
Types:
bundling
a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing
Type of:
appeal, entreaty, prayer
earnest or urgent request

n a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank

Type of:
appeal, entreaty, prayer
earnest or urgent request
4

n 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?”
Types:
major suit
(bridge) a suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts
minor suit
( bridge) a suit of inferior scoring value, either diamonds or clubs
trump
(card games) the suit that has been declared to rank above all other suits for the duration of the hand
Type of:
playing card
one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
5

v be agreeable or acceptable

“This time suits me”
Types:
agree
be agreeable or suitable
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be agreeable or acceptable to

“This suits my needs”
Synonyms:
accommodate, fit
Type of:
conform to, fit, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction

v accord or comport with

“This kind of behavior does not suit a young woman!”
Synonyms:
befit, beseem
Type of:
agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

v enhance the appearance of

“This behavior doesn't suit you!”
Synonyms:
become
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.