suit·​or | \ˈsü-tər \

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

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Synonyms for suitor


gallant, swain, wooer

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Examples of suitor in a Sentence

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

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Kufrin has 28 suitors, all of them various shades of Gaston from Beauty & the Beast. Rebecca Farley,, "Here's Who The Bachelorette Dumped Last Night," 10 July 2018 Sure, lots of things have to break San Antonio's way, including creative contract-shedding, some missteps by other suitors, and the return of the old, healthy, amenable version of Kawhi Leonard. The Crossover Staff,, "Forecasting The King's Future: Which Team Best Suits LeBron James?," 13 June 2018 Baptista’s Jazz Club in 1930s Chicago is the backdrop for this tale of sisters Kate, a composer, and Bianca, a chanteuse wannabe, who just want to make their dreams come true without being smothered by unsuitable suitors. Kerry Reid,, "Summer theater 2018: Our top 25 shows to see," 23 May 2018 The musical follows Kelly's fashion-loving socialite as she's pursued by three different suitors. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The '50s Films That Every Fashion Girl Should Watch," 9 Jan. 2015 Investors have soured on bank stocks of late, with the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index down nearly 6% so far this year, even though smaller lenders like Investors Bank and its likely suitors have benefited from a rollback in banking rules. Cara Lombardo And Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "New Jersey Lender Explores Sale as Banks Consolidate," 6 Nov. 2018 Camila Mendes as Shelby Pace - A beautiful, fashionable, private school student who is bored by her wealthy male suitors and decides to go on the app instead. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "The Stand-In" Starring Noah Centineo and Camila Mendes," 24 Aug. 2018 In comparison to their fellow suitors, both Watford and Bournemouth are hoping that clever recruitment in the transfer market will push them closer to the coveted European places in the league table., "Burnley & Watford Chasing €5m-Rated World Cup Goalscorer as Contract Nears End in Germany," 7 July 2018 So, maybe the question of Manny Machado’s best position — third base or shortstop? — matters less to the Phillies than any of his other suitors. Scott Lauber,, "Shortstop or third base? Why scouts - and maybe Phillies - believe Manny Machado can play either position | Scott Lauber," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of suitor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suitor

Middle English sutour, suytour, follower, petitioner, from Anglo-French siuter, suytour, from Latin secutor follower, from sequi to follow — more at sue

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English Language Learners Definition of suitor

: a man who wants to marry a particular woman

: a company that wants to take over another company


suit·​or | \ˈsü-tər \

Kids Definition of suitor

: a man who tries to get a woman to marry him


suit·​or | \ˈsü-tər \

Legal Definition of suitor 

1 : a party to a suit

2 : one that seeks to take over a business approved the merger before the suitor obtained a 10% stakeWall Street Journal

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