suitor

[soo-ter]
noun
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.

Origin:
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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suitor (ˈsuːtə, ˈsjuːt-)
 
n
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
 
[C13: from Anglo-Norman suter, from Latin secūtor follower, from sequī to follow]

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Example sentences
Some of the roll calls of our essayists remind one of the tale of a rejected
  and dejected suitor.
Neither suitor has elaborated on how it would improve matters.
From a watchful father figure he becomes a smarmy suitor and eventually a
  wildly jealous and possessive warden.
The frustrated suitor quits the art world to become a world-famous concert
  singer.
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