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suitor

[soo-ter] /ˈsu tər/
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
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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Examples for suitor
  • 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.
  • But they can't admit it until another suitor comes along and almost steals her away.
  • Although this courtship technique is not commonly practiced by humans, it may prove effective for the desperate suitor.
  • Conversely, if a suitor changed his mind, he forfeited the presents.
British Dictionary definitions for suitor

suitor

/ˈsuːtə; ˈsjuːt-/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman suter, from Latin secūtor follower, from sequī to follow
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