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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 of suitor
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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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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Word Origin and History for suitor
n.

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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