suit·​or | \ ˈsü-tər How to pronounce suitor (audio) \

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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Beyond that, there comes a point where any outside suitor has to keep in mind that Leonard is coming off a major injury and has the right to bolt as a free agent in the 2019 offseason. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do Heat need more athleticism on the wing?," 18 June 2018 Other suitors for the networks beyond private-equity firms include Major League Baseball itself, Commissioner Rob Manfred has said. Anupreeta Das, WSJ, "Yankees in Talks With Amazon, Sinclair to Bid for YES Sports Network," 28 Dec. 2018 Eni is also in talks with other potential suitors, the people said. Amy Stillman,, "Eni, Qatar Hold Talks for Deal on Giant Mexico Field," 6 Apr. 2018 The potential suitors include Apollo Global Management LLC, Blackstone... Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "GE’s Capital Dilemma: Keep or Sell Jet-Leasing Business?," 30 Jan. 2019 Getty Images As one Twitter user pointed out, the eyes are a nod to Saint Lucy, who, according to one legend gouged her own eyes out to discourage a potential suitor who admired them. Marie Claire, "Jared Leto Is a Gucci Jesus at the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Cardinal Gibbons four-star defensive end Khris Bogle recently trimmed his list of potential college suitors to 14 schools. David Furones,, "Khris Bogle enjoyed recent Tennessee visit; Nik Scalzo, Jamari Williams have favorites," 26 Apr. 2018 Any potential suitors for Costa may be disappointed by the chain’s current performance. Sam Chambers,, "Whitbread to Set Costa Coffee Free to Take On Starbucks," 25 Apr. 2018 The Chrysler Building’s owners are hoping to attract deep-pocketed suitors from across the globe, offering them the opportunity to own a famous slice of Manhattan skyline and a piece of New York City history. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Chrysler Building, a Famed Slice of Manhattan Skyline, Is on the Block," 9 Jan. 2019

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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

old-fashioned : a man who wants to marry a particular woman
technical : a company that wants to take over another company


suit·​or | \ ˈsü-tər How to pronounce suitor (audio) \

Kids Definition of suitor

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


suit·​or | \ ˈsü-tər How to pronounce suitor (audio) \

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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something valued as if it were money

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