ETYM French See Suit.
1. A matching set of furniture.
2. A musical composition of several movements only loosely connected.
3. A series of connected rooms used as a living unit; SYN. rooms.
In Baroque music, a set of contrasting instrumental pieces based on dance forms, known by their French names as allemande, bourrée, courante, gavotte, gigue, minuet, musette, passepied, rigaudon, sarabande, and so on. The term refers in more recent usage to a concert arrangement of set pieces from an extended ballet or stage composition, such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite 1891–92. Stravinsky’s suite from The Soldier’s Tale 1920 incorporates a tango, waltz, and ragtime.
1. A set of application programs sold as a package, usually at a lower price than that of the individual applications sold separately. A suite for office work, for example, might contain a word processing program, a spreadsheet, a database management program, and a communications program.
2. See protocol suite.