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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The show not only features a spinster schoolteacher but also plenty of personalities including an inept detective, a stingy restaurant owner, a spoiled niece and a doting cowboy suitor. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Audience assists in solving ‘Touchtone 'M' for Murder’ mystery in Orland Park," 6 July 2018 John Cheney did a lot of gift books, something a suitor might give to a woman. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Art Gallery Dedicated At Cheney Homestead," 21 June 2018 The Proposal works like this: The dates compete in four rounds, from first impression to talent to beachwear, to woo a mysterious suitor or suitress (yes, that is a word the show made up). Carol Motsinger,, "Cincinnati woman tries to get engaged to a stranger in an hour - and on television," 18 June 2018 The Proposal: From the creators of The Bachelor comes this truly bonkers new show in which mystery singles compete for a suitor who has the power to propose at the end of the episode. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "These 11 New TV and Movie Premieres Are Too Good to Miss," 17 June 2018 To Brian Kemp's supporters, the campaign ad is a lighthearted portrayal of a protective, gun-wielding Southern father vetting a potential suitor for one of his daughters. Samantha Schmidt,, "Georgia governor candidate aims gun at teen in campaign ad. 'Get over it,' he tells critics.," 2 May 2018 Before the advent of photography, portraits were intended to depict beauty, with the goal of flattery and, often, catching the eye of a potential suitor. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Does the Painted Portrait Stand a Chance In the Age of Social Media?," 19 Jan. 2018 And a summary of the episode from Starz suggests that Brianna might team up him in an attempt to stave off suitors. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: A Much-Beloved Character Makes a Return to the Series," 10 Jan. 2019 The Miami Dolphins are currently trying to trade former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry, but the Saints are not among the potential suitors for a deal, according to a source with knowledge of the trade discussions. Josh Katzenstein,, "New Orleans Saints won't trade for Jarvis Landry: source," 3 Mar. 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

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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