When Cato still refused, the suitor then asked Cato for Cato's own wife.
I find both “admirer” and “suitor” to be presumptuous and one-sided.
Soni and Goodman attribute the complicated story to the shared Stoic philosophy of Cato and the suitor.
One child advances as “suitor,” and says the three first verses.
Had not her uncle brought him declaredly as a suitor to her?
It was a love-scene, and rather of an impassioned character; Villebecque was her suitor.
And the suitor, my dear, was the kind of man who could endure that kind of people.
The suitor had to bribe every one, from the doorkeeper to the pope, or his case was lost.
Otherwise, should I not have married some other suitor, of whom there have been plenty?
It has the advantage of enabling a suitor to reckon as well as to admire the objects of his affection.
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.