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  1. a man who courts or woos a woman.
  2. Law. a petitioner or plaintiff.
  3. a person who sues or petitions for anything.
  4. Informal. an individual who seeks to buy a business.
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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
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Related Words for suitor

beau, paramour, boyfriend, admirer, lover, woman, supplicant, date, follower, swain, cavalier, girlfriend, man, wooer

Examples from the Web for suitor

Contemporary Examples of suitor

Historical Examples of suitor

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for suitor


  1. a man who courts a woman; wooer
  2. law a person who brings a suit in a court of law; plaintiff
  3. rare a person who makes a request or appeal for anything
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Word Origin for suitor

C13: from Anglo-Norman suter, from Latin secūtor follower, from sequī to follow
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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.

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