[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. suite,
  2. suited,
  3. suiter,
  4. suiting,
  5. suitland-silver hill,
  6. suiyuan,
  7. suiyüan,
  8. suk,
  9. suk, josef,
  10. suka wena

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 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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