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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Also: ▪ The Phillies want to trim payroll but could make an exception for catcher J.T. Realmuto, who lost a suitor when the Mets decided on James McCann. Globe Staff,, "Baseball’s offseason moves are off to a slow start," 2 Jan. 2021 Her mission: to increase her worth and nab a suitor. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Jane Austen meets hookup culture in Netflix’s exquisitely silly ‘Bridgerton’," 21 Dec. 2020 But everything changes when Viola marries a handsome suitor. Rosie Knight,, "Bly Manor’s Muddy Footprints Mystery Is Downright Devastating," 11 Oct. 2020 Tulane began recruiting Nwankwo in September before offering him a scholarship last week, beating out home-state Tulsa, Army and Wake Forest as a suitor for the late-developing prospect. G Smith,, "Tulane signing class light on quarterbacks, heavy on geographical variety," 15 Dec. 2020 Analysts view online retailer Boohoo as a promising suitor. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "25,000 jobs at risk as Debenhams closure follows Topshop collapse," 1 Dec. 2020 Others have pointed to Ball as the presumptive No.1 overall pick, either with the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting him or trading the selection — and the Chicago Bulls have been rumored as a potential suitor. Jamal Collier,, "LaMelo Ball: The case for the Chicago Bulls to trade up in the 2020 NBA draft for a potential point guard of the future," 12 Nov. 2020 The Colts seem like the most obvious suitor, but Stafford would be a significant upgrade for the Patriots over Newton (whether Stafford would want to team up again with Matt Patricia is another story). Ben Volin,, "Tom Brady has raised the stakes, and Bill Belichick must respond quickly," 25 Jan. 2021 On Thursday, the show — based on Chris Bohjalian’s mystery novel about a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up after a drunken first date to find her suitor, Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman), dead in bed with her — ended. Eliza Huber,, "The Flight Attendant Is Full Of Covetable Coats. Here Are The Styles You Can Still Buy.," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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8 Mar 2021

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“Suitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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