Definition of suitor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsuːtə(r)//
    , also BrE//ˈsjuːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːtər//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) a man who wants to marry a particular woman He was an ardent suitor. In the play, the heroine has to choose between three suitors.
  2. 2(business) a company that wants to buy another company a merger proposal from an unwanted suitor
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘member of a retinue’): from Anglo-Norman French seutor, from Latin secutor, from sequi ‘follow’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: suitor