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suitor Line breaks: suitor
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːtə/

Definition of suitor in English:


1A man who pursues a relationship with a particular woman, with a view to marriage: she decided to marry her suitor
More 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.
literary swain, follower
British informal boyf
2A prospective buyer of a business or corporation: the company agreed to negotiate with its suitor
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with suitor

accoutre (US accouter), commuter, computer, disputer, looter, neuter, pewter, polluter, recruiter, refuter, rooter, saluter, scooter, shooter, souter, tooter, transmuter, tutor, uprooter
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