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    the word suit

    Hi,

    The other day I was teaching clothes vocabulary using pictures as a visual aid. In one of the pictures there was a man wearing social pants (slacks) and a blazer. One of my students enquired me if it could be called suit as well. Then I wondered if a suit only refers to a social outfit, or if it can be associated with formal clothing (not necessarily an outfit).
    Could you help me with that?

    Thanks.
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    Re: the word suit

    I would not call that a suit. You can have formal clothing that is not a suit.

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    #3

    Re: the word suit

    blazer - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
    suit - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

    Hi,

    At least as I undesrtand it, slacks and a blazer do not make a suit. And also IMO, a suit is somewhat formal (although not as much as, for instance, a tuxedo)

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    charliedeut
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    #4

    Re: the word suit

    A "suit" consists of, at a minimum, matching trousers/pants and a jacket. A 3 piece suit also includes a matching vest.

    If you wear a blazer or a sports coat and some nice pants, you are not wearing a suit.

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    #5

    Re: the word suit

    Suits can be formal or informal, but the trousers and jacket are of the same material, as this definition says.

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    #6

    Re: the word suit

    All right, that's what I thought, just needed to be sure
    It happens that in the picture it really looked like a suit, but the upper part was grey and the pants were a different tone of grey (a little bit lighter).
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    #7

    Re: the word suit

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    Hello, Bruna:

    I am sure that you already know this, but ...

    Here in the United States of America we can refer to a man's pants or trousers.

    I hear that in England, the word pants = underwear. (When an infamous dictator was taken prisoner a few

    years ago, a British newspaper had a big headline about his being caught in his "pants." That is, in his underpants.)

    Maybe Americans should know this so that they do not walk up to a Brit and say:

    I really like your pants.

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    Re: the word suit

    Yeah, it would be embarassing! The same happens with portuguese (Brazil x Portugal) with many words. It's fascinating how language changes from place to place (I mean the same language)
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