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 2010
Your pink dress-suit is missing, the one with the shoulder pads you wore to both of Pete's weddings.
He would make it a dress-suit affair and give the little girl a chance.
Sister Carrie 2004
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 2003
Then a young man handsomely attired in a dress-suit and a patent-leather silk hat comes onto the stage.
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.
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 Carr, John Dickson 1984
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 Anthony, Piers 1981
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 Jane Burr
The man was well dressed and carried a dress-suit case.