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[soo-ter] /ˈsu tər/
a man who courts or woos a woman.
Law. a petitioner or plaintiff.
a person who sues or petitions for anything.
Informal. an individual who seeks to buy a business.
Origin of suitor
1250-1300; Middle English s(e)utor, suitour < Anglo-French < Latin secūtor, equivalent to secū-, variant stem of sequī to follow + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • Had not her uncle brought him declaredly as a suitor to her?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • And the suitor, my dear, was the kind of man who could endure that kind of people.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Otherwise, should I not have married some other suitor, of whom there have been plenty?

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The suitor was required to make presents to the bride's family.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • They have made him responsible to a realm of shadows, and a suitor in a court of shades.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Will you permit a gentleman, sir, to offer himself as a suitor to your daughter?

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • There was no hurry, Ethel had told him so frankly, no other suitor being in the running.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
British Dictionary definitions for suitor


/ˈsuːtə; ˈsjuːt-/
a man who courts a woman; wooer
(law) a person who brings a suit in a court of law; plaintiff
(rare) a person who makes a request or appeal for anything
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman suter, from Latin secūtor follower, from sequī to follow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suitor

late 14c., "follower, disciple," from Anglo-French seutor or directly from Late Latin secutor, from past participle stem of sequi "to follow" (see suit (n.)). Meaning "one who seeks (a woman) in marriage" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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