noun \ˈswēt, 2d is also ˈsüt\

: a group of rooms that is used for one purpose

: a group of rooms in a hotel that is used by one person, couple, family, etc.

: a piece of music that is made up of many short pieces that are taken from a larger work (such as a ballet)

Full 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

Examples of SUITE

  1. a suite of offices on the fifth floor
  2. The executive suite is on the top floor.
  3. She checked into a suite.
  4. We stayed in the hotel's honeymoon suite.
  5. The orchestra will be performing a suite.

Origin of SUITE

French, from Old French siute, suite — more at suit
First Known Use: 1673

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee


noun \ˈswēt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUITE

: a group of rooms in a medical facility dedicated to a specified function or specialty <a surgical suite>


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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 dances—allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue—became 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.


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