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[soo-ter] /ˈsu tər/
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.
1250-1300; Middle English s(e)utor, suitour < Anglo-French < Latin secūtor, equivalent to secū-, variant stem of sequī to follow + -tor -tor Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suitors
  • But both cities have sidled up to multiple potential suitors, only to find out they were trying to make another city jealous.
  • Those in developing countries find suitors that live in close proximity to them, which happen to be their cousins.
  • She had many suitors but rejected all offers of marriage.
  • But it lures overly ambitious suitors too high or deep, then brutalizes them.
  • Lawyers' robes are lined with the obstinacy of suitors.
  • Marry them, if worthy suitors offer, lest they remain single and unprotected after your departure.
  • Duties of the same kind upon law proceedings fall upon the suitors.
  • In addition, the move may prevent consolidation of the banking sector by removing potential suitors from the pool.
  • Now a dozen other chief executives are scrabbling about looking for appropriate suitors.
  • The past year has seen a succession of suitors come and go, and the share price rise and rise.
British Dictionary definitions for suitors


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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