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noun\ˈswēt, 2d is alsoˈsüt\
Definition of SUITE
:retinue; especially: the personal staff accompanying a ruler, diplomat, or dignitary on official business
: a group of things forming a unit or constituting a collection :set: as
a: a group of rooms occupied as a unit
b (1): a 17th and 18th century instrumental musical form consisting of a series of dances in the same or related keys (2): a modern instrumental composition in several movements of different character (3): a long orchestral concert arrangement in suite form of material drawn from a longer work (as a ballet)
c: a collection of minerals or rocks having some characteristic in common (as type or origin)
d: a set of matched furniture
e: a set of computer programs designed to work together and usually sold as a single unit
: a group of rooms in a medical facility dedicated to a specified function or specialty <a surgical suite>
Set of instrumental dances or dancelike movements. The suite originated in the paired dances of the 14th–16th centuries (pavane-galliard, basse danse-saltarello, etc.). In the 16th–17th centuries German composers began to write sets of three or four dances, as in Johann Hermann Schein's Banchetto musicale (1617). In the late 17th century a basic ordering of four dancesallemande, courante, sarabande, and giguebecame established as standard; other dances came to be interpolated between the sarabande and gigue. In the 19th century suite came to refer to sets of instrumental excerpts from operas and ballets.