1. A staff of attendants or followers; a retinue.
a. A group of related things intended to be used together; a set.
b. (also st) A set of matching furniture: a dining room suite.
3. A series of connected rooms, as in a hotel or office building, used as a single unit.
a. An instrumental composition, especially of the 1600s or 1700s, consisting of a succession of dances in the same or related keys.
b. An instrumental composition consisting of a series of varying movements or pieces.
a. A group of software products packaged and sold together, usually having a consistent look and feel, a common installation, and shared macros.
b. A group of procedures that work cooperatively: The TCP/IP suite of protocols includes FTP and Telnet.
[French, from Old French; see SUIT.]
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