suitor


suit·or

noun \ˈsü-tər\

: a man who wants to marry a particular woman

: a company that wants to take over another company

Full Definition of SUITOR

1
:  one that petitions or entreats
2
:  a party to a suit at law
3
:  one who courts a woman or seeks to marry her
4
:  one who seeks to take over a business

Examples of SUITOR

  1. He was her most persistent suitor, and she eventually agreed to marry him.
  2. An unwanted suitor is buying up the company's stock.

Origin of SUITOR

Middle English sutour, suytour, follower, petitioner, from Anglo-French siuter, suytour, from Latin secutor follower, from sequi to follow — more at sue
First Known Use: 15th century

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