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dress suit

a man's suit for formal evening dress, with tail coat and open-front waistcoat.
Origin of dress suit
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The sergeant is one of the detective bureau's "dress-suit men."

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • Roberts: "I was trying to think where I'd put my dress-suit."

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • "Not a very pleasant reception," mused Dick, as he sat down on the upturned end of his dress-suit case.

    Dick Hamilton's Fortune Howard R. Garis
  • He would make it a dress-suit affair and give the little girl a chance.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Must be a dress-suit or two among them, said Phil, or youd be thinking less about them and more about your skin.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • Beside him was a dress-suit case, and he looked as if he was ready to travel.

    The Boy from the Ranch Frank V. Webster
  • He wore a dress-suit with a white waistcoat and patent leather pumps—what a wonder!

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • If I am in the city, and can afford to buy a dress-suit, I might consent.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • Miss Bell had a dress-suit case, which her father tugged painfully into the house; Miss Bell followed him.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I know, ruefully; and my dress-suit is much too tight, supposing I wore it in the mornings.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
British Dictionary definitions for dress-suit

dress suit

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