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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for suitor


gallant, swain, wooer

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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 Landon Hawkins is a riot as dour and petulant sister Mary Bennet, whose lurking startles everyone, and uncomplicatedly upbeat as sister Jane’s suitor Bingley, who’s treated literally like a puppy. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz," 31 July 2019 Just Eat shares rose as much as 26% to 799.4 pence in London, suggesting investors are betting that possible rival suitors might drive up the price of the asset. Tom Metcalf, Fortune, "A New $6.2 Billion Takeover Bid Could Consolidate Europe’s Fierce Food Delivery Space," 29 July 2019 Bumgarner steamed through nine impressive innings Thursday night against the New York Mets, reminding suitors across the majors — and the Giants’ front office — of his abundant value. Ron Kroichick,, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner sparkles, Donovan Solano gets decisive hit in 16-inning win," 19 July 2019 The company or its bankers have had talks with at least three possible suitors, according to people familiar with the matter: Postmates informally spoke with Walmart, which could potentially use a last-mile delivery provider, about a possible deal. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Plus: Postmates has explored a sale to companies like DoorDash and Walmart.," 12 July 2019 Leonard did not hold formal meetings with suitors including the Clippers, Lakers and Toronto Raptors, a source not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed. Andrew Greif,, "Clippers keep Patrick Beverley and stay focused on Kawhi Leonard," 30 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'suitor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about suitor

Statistics for suitor

Last Updated

14 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for suitor

The first known use of suitor was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for suitor



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on suitor

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with suitor

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for suitor

Spanish Central: Translation of suitor

Nglish: Translation of suitor for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of suitor for Arabic Speakers

Comments on suitor

What made you want to look up suitor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


formidable, illustrious, or eminent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!