from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gentleman's evening clothes.


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  • He peddled the rubbish for several dollars, while I pledged the dress-suit with my pawnbroker for five dollars.

    Chapter 25

  •  Your pink dress-suit is missing, the one with the shoulder pads you wore to both of Pete's weddings.

    Upon Inspecting My Dead Mother's Closet

  • He would make it a dress-suit affair and give the little girl a chance.

    Sister Carrie

  • She was first incredulous, then offended, at his refusal: and she pooh-poohed his strongest argument — that he did not own a dress-suit.

    Maurice Guest

  • Then a young man handsomely attired in a dress-suit and a patent-leather silk hat comes onto the stage.

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • He was going to live in New York, and be known at every restaurant and café, wearing a dress-suit from early evening to early morning, sleeping away the dull hours of the forenoon.

    This Side of Paradise

  • When I got there, Mrs Deane was arranging a bowl of flowers on the low window-sill, where Sennacherib -- a stout gentleman in a very handsome dress-suit -- was lying majestically asleep, with his chin on a Georgian walnut tea-caddy.

    Crime On the Coast

  • She as a Citizen had had a lot more exposure to cloth than he; indeed, she wore an elaborate dress-suit with borders stitched in gold and silver thread.

    Blue Adept

  • We always pack all baggage on Saturday, the dress-suit cases on Sunday, and engage the drayman on the way down to the trial Monday morning.

    Letters of a Dakota Divorcee

  • The man was well dressed and carried a dress-suit case.

    The Mansion of Mystery Being a Certain Case of Importance, Taken from the Note-book of Adam Adams, Investigator and Detective


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