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dress suit

noun
1.
a man's suit for formal evening dress, with tail coat and open-front waistcoat.
Origin of dress suit
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • Alice and I had all the wraps, which left Clarence to carry two dress suit cases across the tracks.

    A Tenderfoot Bride Clarice E. Richards
  • I've never seen you in your dress suit,' she said as she opened the door for him.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Two dress suit cases had sufficed to bring in all his belongings.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • He wore a dress suit, and could chin the bar twice with one hand.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Did I swap a dress suit for this bandy-legged pup, I wonder?

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • "This dress suit is going to get all it wants to eat," said Skinner with finality.

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • Fourteen guineas for a dress suit, and he thinks he understands the working man!

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Galbraithe lowered his dress suit case, and wiped his forehead.

  • I've hung your dress suit in the closet in case you want it, though that isn't likely.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Doesn't Timothy look just perfectly heavenly when he has on a dress suit?

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
British Dictionary definitions for dress suit

dress suit

noun
1.
an ensemble of matching formal evening wear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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