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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Evan Mobley didn’t have any serious suitors because of his connections to USC. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Top basketball prospects in class of 2020 considering Pac-12 programs," 7 Aug. 2019 Since then, unconfirmed reports speculated that potential suitors circling Zee included Comcast, James Murdoch's Lupa Systems and Sony Networks. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "U.S. Investment Fund Acquires Additional 11 Percent Stake in India's Zee Entertainment," 31 July 2019 Prior to signing for Arsenal in 2015, Malen had plenty of suitors to choose from after earning rave reviews throughout his time with the Ajax youth academy., "Donyell Malen: 7 Things to Know About the In-Form PSV Striker," 15 Sep. 2019 Even more appealing to suitors has to be his history of playoff success. Rusty Simmons,, "Madison Bumgarner all in for Giants — and Bruce Bochy is thrilled," 19 July 2019 Jackie also had another suitor around the same time as Onassis, a British aristocrat. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Last Love of Jackie Kennedy Onassis," 16 May 2019 Phillips impressed several Premier League suitors with his performances over last season and Leeds had to fend off bids from Aston Villa and Burnley during the summer transfer window., "Kalvin Phillips Set to Sign New Lucrative Contract at Leeds United Next Week," 8 Sep. 2019 Many of Evans’ power conference suitors have since cooled, and the three major recruiting services have downgraded him to three stars. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU basketball hosts three top prospects in key recruiting weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Skip to main content A month removed from emotionally breaking down over his lack of NBA suitors during a Taiwan TV appearance, veteran guard Jeremy Lin has found a new destination for the next phase of his career. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Jeremy Lin finally finds a new team — in China with Beijing Ducks," 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of suitor was in the 15th century

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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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