Definition of suite in English:


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  • 1A set of rooms designated for one person's or family's use or for a particular purpose.

    ‘a suite of reception rooms’
    • ‘The kitchen area, which will serve smaller suites of dining rooms, is extensive enough to ensure that guests will not be eating sandwiches.’
    • ‘We shared a ‘state room,’ which was actually a suite with a common room, a bathroom, and two smaller bedrooms for us at either side.’
    • ‘We slept in a family suite, with two single beds in the bedroom for Gabrielle and Matthew and a pull-down double bed in the lounge for my wife and me.’
    • ‘The hotel will be the first Radisson Edwardian outside London and will have two presidential suites, 18 junior suites and 115 deluxe rooms when it opens in 2004.’
    • ‘The suites include a Tivoli suite, seven deluxe suites, 18 courtyard suites and 11 superior rooms.’
    • ‘Throw in a playroom for kids and a sitting room in the master suite, and before long a house for a family of four has enough living space that no one need ever interact with another again.’
    • ‘That warm feeling grew when we saw our accommodation: a modern, purpose-built chalet with 10 family suites and a fully equipped nursery.’
    • ‘There is now a suite of rooms at Burnley General Hospital where families who have suffered a bereavement can stop over, away from the maternity unit where they used to have to stay.’
    • ‘Upstairs there's a game room, a play space, a master suite (with sitting room), three bedrooms, and three baths.’
    • ‘In fact, one of the new rooms will be a suite, with living room, bedroom and loft, as well as a fireplace and a private deck.’
    • ‘Your loft could be transformed into a new bedroom, bathroom, office study or a suite of rooms.’
    • ‘As well as a ground floor brasserie seating 50 there is a more formal 110-seater restaurant on the first floor and private dining rooms and suites above that.’
    • ‘The club's two hospitality suites were brimming full with corporate guests.’
    • ‘It has its own staff quarters, a leisure suite, library, spiral staircases and a turret - this home is well worth three lifelines’
    • ‘She has worked in all parts of Wythenshawe's maternity department, from the ante-natal ward to the delivery suite and special care baby unit.’
    • ‘I arrived on Friday night and met with Jerome and one of his associates in a suite of production offices they had reserved for our purposes on the old Columbia Studio lot in Hollywood.’
    • ‘But like all good design, it is functional as well, with training and conference suites as well as office accommodation, a library, an organic café and a retail area.’
    • ‘We wanted to please the people in the executive suites.’
    • ‘Three extra consulting and treatment suites are set to be built at the South Woodham Ferrers health clinic, which should allow more patients to be seen in the town.’
    • ‘Students often have free access to university equipment and editing suites.’
    apartment, set of rooms, suite of rooms
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    1. 1.1A set of coordinating furniture.
      ‘there is plenty of space for a dining table and a three-piece suite’
      • ‘The Leather Sofa Company is now the premier arena in the South East for leather sofas, suites, armchairs, recliners and the new vogue - suede and leather cube poufs.’
      • ‘The family's purchases from Courts in Staples Corner, London, included a dining table and four chairs, a coffee table, a lamp table, a three-piece suite and a bed.’
      • ‘A star attraction was a bedroom suite designed by Royal furniture maker David Linley which sold for £19,200.’
      • ‘In Victorian times, by contrast, even mid-level officers began to take whole suites of campaign furniture with them.’
      • ‘The gallery still houses one of the finest surviving suites of Regency giltwood furniture made to commemorate Lord Nelson and his victories.’
      • ‘With this it purchased some new furnishings, including a suite of furniture and bed mattresses.’
      • ‘For those who came of age with Habitat, he offered alternatives to the dreaded three-piece suites, armchairs with antimacassars and standard lamps with tasselled shades.’
      • ‘Paul Highsmith said the rubbish outside his premises was not his and that people continued to dump items such as beds, furniture suites and other household waste.’
      • ‘Travel furniture from chairs, tables and bookcases to bedroom suites, was in much demand in the late 18th and 19th centuries.’
      • ‘In one corner there is a suite of furniture grouped around a stylish coffee table and state-of-the-art television, with a screen that would not be out of place in any Cineplex.’
      • ‘There is space for a three-piece suite and work desk, so the room could be used as a family room or study.’
      • ‘Originally part of a suite of furniture that included ten armchairs, it is now the only surviving one from the group.’
      • ‘As well as providing a top class upholstery service they also supply sofas, couches, arm chairs and suites made to the customer specifications.’
      • ‘Many of the furniture suites and individual items are imported but for the past twenty years, the Cane Shop has also manufactured a range of its own pieces.’
      • ‘If you ordered the suite of furniture in response to an advertisement in Ireland, the Irish courts have jurisdiction over the matter.’
      • ‘There are satellite dishes, suites of furniture for sale on the pavements, brightly lit shops selling everything.’
      • ‘In this exhibition, Shed Sutra, Andrew has made a suite of furniture from recycled materials that explore the role of tools in the creative process.’
      • ‘An example is the suite of ebonized furniture he made for John Taylor Johnston about 1860.’
      • ‘It was equipped with a chimneypiece and once had a suite of rustic furniture.’
      • ‘These included five TV sets, two luxurious lounge suits, two plush dining room suites, an executive bedroom suite and artworks.’
  • 2Music
    A set of instrumental compositions, originally in dance style, to be played in succession.

    ‘His division of works into dance suites and more serious music is essentially the same as Corelli's distinction between sonate da camera and sonate da chiesa.’
    • ‘Partitas are simply suites of dances, although we shall quickly see that Bach's dances aren't meant for court or rustic dancers.’
    • ‘Brooks Bruzzese perfectly delineated the sentimentality of Holst's Air and brought high spirited pulse to the suite's concluding Dance.’
    • ‘Usually, recordings of the score cut it down to a suite of five dances.’
    • ‘Taylor's Black Tuesday is a suite of dances set to popular songs from the Great Depression.’
    • ‘A sinfonia and a final entrée for dancing conclude the suite.’
    • ‘It includes a suite of dances from the ballet Paquita which have been reproduced for the company by two stars of the Kirov, Nikita Shcheglov and Veronika Ivanova.’
    • ‘The evening's finale was Dances from Napoli, one of Bournonville's most popular suites of dances.’
    • ‘He didn't stop at that since he came back to ‘Raymonda’ one more time, in 1973, to create a suite of dances to honour Melissa Hayden at her retirement gala.’
    • ‘There were suites of dances before, but never one so unadorned in a theatrical sense that became such an emotional journey.’
    • ‘In the first year of her tenure, ten years before her death, Primus staged Excerpts From an African Journey, a suite of traditional dances.’
    • ‘And a suite of modern dances was performed by Santa Clara University students.’
    • ‘My piece, ‘Fire,’ from the suite Dance of the Elements, was a tribute to Fuller's old one.’
    • ‘This wonderful suite of dance movements features a variety of styles, such as swing, tango and ragtime.’
    • ‘The first was a lengthy, absorbing narrative; the second, a suite of traditional songs and dances.’
    • ‘The ballet-loving Parisians were given a 20-minute suite of dances at the start of Act Three, which is a harem scene.’
    • ‘The performance of the ballet suite Les Deux Pigeons by French composer Andr Messager was particularly successful; perhaps this idiom is one in which the orchestra feels most secure.’
    • ‘The suite included two couples in Calliope House, the dance called the Reel of Four and considered the oldest Scottish dance formation.’
    • ‘In this delightful suite of dances the full range of his talent is on display.’
    • ‘What is the general mood that will prevail in the expression of a Kathak dancer throughout a whole dance suite?’
    1. 2.1A set of selected pieces from an opera or musical, arranged to be played as one instrumental work.
      ‘Spring Songs, the little suite of five pieces for treble recorder that opens this disc, lives up to its title.’
      • ‘The late musicologist Christopher Palmer tried to promote this score by arranging a suite from it.’
      • ‘Prokofiev fashioned a suite of six pieces resembling a classical divertimento, but one laced with dissonances, evoking Stravinsky's Octet.’
      • ‘Though they were written for different instrumental combinations, and four separate performing groups, Lang has combined the pieces into a suite.’
      • ‘All sections are given titles, as though the composer had envisaged the work as a suite of character pieces.’
      • ‘The beginning, end, and main notes of a musical suite are determined by the maqam.’
      • ‘The CD contains a short string quartet movement, a suite of four pieces for brass quintet, and solo pieces for piano, trombone, and cello.’
      • ‘In any case, there are more compelling - musical - reasons why the suite, as Holst conceived it, stands alone.’
      • ‘And as a godless agnostic/atheist I always have the strongest reaction to the final piece in the suite, Neptune, The Mystic.’
      • ‘Her idea was to rearrange the songs into a suite of contemporary classical arrangements that could be performed by a modernist chamber orchestra.’
      • ‘He finished most of the rest (including the original piano piece) as an orchestral suite during the Thirties.’
      • ‘In the second half of the concert, the symphonic suite Carelia by Jean Sibelius and Symphony No.4 in d-moll by Robert Schumann were performed.’
      • ‘They reshape the festive polyrhythms of a village, a street sound, a rhythm-and-blues tune, or a folk melody into solos, suites, and symphonies.’
      • ‘He encroached on such EMI memorabilia as Menuhin in the Elgar concerto, Artur Schnabel in the Beethoven sonatas and Casals in the Bach suites, which had never fallen out of print.’
      • ‘Now with a new CD of his orchestral music, including a 1996 orchestral suite at opus 231, some idea of his industry is apparent.’
      • ‘You come away from the recording of these two complete suites with great respect for the young Frenchman's musicality and technical facility.’
      • ‘This is followed by Respighi's The Birds, an orchestral suite which took wing on the basis of pieces written by other composers.’
      • ‘The programme will be something of a surprise comprising of a fantasy by Telemann, a suite or partita by Bach and Barry Guy's ‘Inachis’.’
      • ‘It is interpolated from two of his suites for orchestra.’
      • ‘One of the focal pieces of the performance will be a suite by young Grahamstown composer Gareth Walwyn, in commemoration of Youth Day - 16 June.’
  • 3A group of people in attendance on a monarch or other person of high rank.

    ‘the Royal Saloon was built for the use of the Queen and her suite’
    • ‘At twelve precisely of that day, Queen Victoria and her suite entered London, coming from Scotland where she had been residing for some time.’
    • ‘His flight was arranged for during one of the king's long marches when the party had stopped for the night at a farm-house; and the king and his suite occupied a barn, and the prince and his attendants slept in another at some little distance.’
    • ‘On Saturday, 22nd, His Royal Highness, after visiting several of the public buildings of the city, accompanied by his suite, took his departure from Chicago by the same car that had brought him.’
    retinue, entourage, train, escort, cortège, royal household, court, company, following, staff
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  • 4Computing
    A set of programs with a uniform design and the ability to share data.

    ‘All the programs in the suite have a coherent design, even when you start getting into their more complex settings, and it's in this usability that McAfee is head and shoulders above any of its rivals.’
    • ‘QMTP is a supplemental suite of programs designed for moving mail over slow connections.’
    • ‘Over the years, IBM Lotus has developed a broad suite of collaborative applications designed to run as part of its core groupware platform.’
    • ‘For most computer users, Office is the familiar suite of word-processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail software that they use every day.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the 1980s, standard test program suites were developed to measure processing speed.’
    • ‘Everyone seems to like the word processor, but other useful parts of the suite include a drawing program and a presentation package.’
    • ‘Test house Schaffner EMC has developed a software suite that can be configured to handle any combination of electrical emission and immunity tests.’
    • ‘At times like this, a suite of office software with a word processor, a spreadsheet and a selection of other handy office tools comes into its own.’
    • ‘With the 6310i you get a CD with a suite of PC programs which lets you make backups of data and settings.’
    • ‘By 1998 he had developed a suite of programs covering aspects of various forms of light microscope, some of which are used to teach medical students.’
    • ‘The set includes a suite of automatic test programs which are said to be simple to run and give users full flexibility to tailor test applications in their own specific requirements.’
    • ‘The Entercept suite is designed to prevent host computer attacks by providing a driver that operates at the kernel level of an operating system or web server.’
    • ‘The suite contains the key programs you're likely to need, including word processor and spreadsheet software.’
    • ‘The company also creates innovative advertising programs that include a suite of digital marketing tools, called ProfiTools.’
    • ‘The financial suite of products is in particular demand, she added, but older technologies such as C + + have fallen largely by the wayside.’
    • ‘You also get the Palm suite of organiser and productivity software which you can sync with your PC or Mac via USB.’
    • ‘Soon Scient is expected to announce a new suite of consulting products intended to help its clients navigate the next economy.’
    • ‘Sales to mobile phone operators are developing well in Europe and the company continues to develop its suite of products.’
    • ‘Tumbleweed offers these solutions in three comprehensive product suites: MailGate, SecureTransport, and Validation Authority.’
    • ‘Huawei can provide access to a strong suite of data-networking products, such as routers and switches, through its joint venture with 3Com.’
  • 5Geology
    A group of minerals, rocks, or fossils occurring together and characteristic of a location or period.

    ‘potassic rock suites are a characteristic feature of the area’
    • ‘The subalkaline character of the magmatic activity, combined with the prevalence of acidic effusive rocks, is characteristic of an orogenic suite developed on continental crust.’
    • ‘The island contains a suite of rocks deposited in a forearc setting to the west of a magmatic arc, formed as the Pacific plate was subducted beneath Antarctica.’
    • ‘We also describe, as a case study, a suite of these rocks from the Antarctic Peninsula.’
    • ‘Of the three resulting rock suites, the East Hill suite is the youngest, the most geochemically evolved, and the subject of this investigation.’
    • ‘Evaporites undergo changes on burial owing to reactions between interstitial brines and previously deposited salts to produce new suites of minerals.’



/swēt/ /swit/


Late 17th century from French, from Anglo-Norman French siwte (see suit).