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suitor

Syllabification: suit·or
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞odər
 
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Definition of suitor in English:

noun

1A man who pursues a relationship with a particular woman, with a view to marriage.
Example sentences
  • Though the young duchess was only ten years of age, it would not be long before she would be receiving suitors and entertaining marriage proposals.
  • The weakest part of her performance comes in her relationship with the four suitors and in the delivery of the Rose Adagio and here it might be worth a comparison with Makarova herself.
  • As a result of the removal of romance from marriage, suitors are judged, not by their love for a woman, but by how well they can provide for her.
Synonyms
admirer, wooer, boyfriend, sweetheart, lover
informal beau
literary swain
1.1A prospective buyer of a business or corporation.
Example sentences
  • For prospective suitors keen to expand in Europe's largest economy, however, Commerz is sized just about right.
  • The bank found other prospective suitors, which ultimately jacked up the price.
  • The company had already met with suitors interested in a buyout or strategic partnership, but could not find a good match on price or philosophy.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'member of a retinue'): from Anglo-Norman French seutor, from Latin secutor, from sequi 'follow'.

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