Definition of suitor in English:

suitor

Line breaks: suitor
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːtə
 
/

noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    admirer, beau, wooer, boyfriend, sweetheart, lover, inamorato, escort
    literary swain, follower
    British informal boyf
  • 2A prospective buyer of a business or corporation: the company agreed to negotiate with its suitor
    More 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'.

More definitions of suitor

Definition of suitor in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw