- 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
Examples from the Web for suitor
I find both “admirer” and “suitor” to be presumptuous and one-sided.What Should I Call the Man I Love?
November 18, 2014
When Cato still refused, the suitor then asked Cato for Cato's own wife.
Soni and Goodman attribute the complicated story to the shared Stoic philosophy of Cato and the suitor.
Had not her uncle brought him declaredly as a suitor to her?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And the suitor, my dear, was the kind of man who could endure that kind of people.Her Father's Daughter
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
- 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 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.