suitor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n suitor a man who courts a woman "a suer for the hand of the princess"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After mating, the female black widow spider turns on her partner and devours him. The female may dispatch as many as twenty-five suitors a day in this manner.
    • Suitor Especially, one who solicits a woman in marriage; a wooer; a lover.
    • Suitor One who attends a court as plaintiff, defendant, petitioner, appellant, witness, juror, or the like.
    • Suitor One who sues or prosecutes a demand in court; a party to a suit, as a plaintiff, petitioner, etc.
    • Suitor One who sues, petitions, or entreats; a petitioner; an applicant. "She hath been a suitor to me for her brother."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suitor In law, a party to a suit or litigation. The pronunciation sū ′ tor is sometimes made shö′ tor, as if spelled shooter (whence the punning allusion in the quotation from Shakspere, below).
    • n suitor One who sues, petitions, solicits, or entreats; a petitioner.
    • n suitor One who sues for the hand of a woman in marriage; a wooer; one who courts a mistress.
    • suitor To play the suitor; woo; make love.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Suitor one who sues in love or law: a petitioner: a wooer:—fem. Suit′ress
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Quotations

  • Marcus Valerius Martial
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    “Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. secta, a suit—L. sequi, to follow.

Usage

In literature:

Save them for your suitors.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
She was not minded to keep her suitor waiting.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
Her other suitors, having given way to Hercules and Acheloues, they engage in single combat.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
And in the description of her various suitors, in the first scene with Nerissa, what infinite power, wit, and vivacity!
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
She may soon be able to forget me in the attractive society of some other and more favored suitor.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
He will even fight bloody battles with invading suitors; and, after all, failure may be the result.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Another suitor for my mistress' heart Is anxious from his silly head to part.
"Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx" by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
With this condition: She will set the suitor Three riddles, and before the whole Divan.
"Turandot, Princess of China" by Karl Gustav Vollmöller
Of course the suits of some of the suitors had been hard-pressed by Mrs. Valentine.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Sometimes when there were many suitors and time was at a premium, the girl would talk with two at once, trying to display no preference.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
A suitor is come whom your fire does not alarm!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
But this was exactly what the suitor would not do.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
And, hitherto, neither in town or country, had her name been connected with that of any suitor for her hand.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
The suitor pulls; and the callous one is forced to raise her head.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
These three are professed my very good suitors, but they have made no move to our help.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
This proclamation diminished at once the number of suitors.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
His fair wife Penelope had been for four years past pestered with suitors, who declared that Ulysses must be dead.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
It was not for want of lovers, or, rather, of admirers and suitors, that Elizabeth lived single all her days.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
But the king "grudges her to any man who is not over him," and has her suitors slain, for no one is his equal.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
But she will not long remain with me, I fear, for a king's daughter cannot remain many moons without suitors.
"My Dark Companions" by Henry M. Stanley
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In poetry:

"When other suitors vainly talk
Of fondly loving you,
Remember him who truly loved
As no one else can do.
"The Adieu To Eliza" by Nora Pembroke
Well grounded by a village tutor
In languages alive and past,
He'd say unto himself, "Knee-suitor,
Oh, do not go beyond your last!"
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Man gains strength from gold, but woman
Worse than dross her wealth may call;
Avarice is her haunting suitor,
Giving naught and seeking all.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
They laughed to think, as through the throng
Of suitors sad they passed,
That they, who'd lived and loved so long,
Should go to law at last.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Gay knights beside her hunt and hawk,
I rob their ears of her sweet talk;
Her suitors come from east and west,
I steal her smiles from every guest.
"The Henchman" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The gentlemen all, that this treasure had seene,
Admired the beggar of Bednall-greene.
And all those that were her suitors before,
There fleshe for very anger they tore.
"The Beggar's Daughter of Bednall-Green" by Anonymous British

In news:

Louisville emerges as suitor for Woods.
Executives with a potential suitor for Forum Health spent the day getting to know leaders of the system's larger unions.
As first reported Tuesday, another potential suitor has emerged that could offer its own bid for Forum.
'Footloose' runs off with well-heeled suitor : Georgia.
Here's a suitor for Olsen: Patriots.
With Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen rumored to be on the trading block, we decided to try and find a solid potential suitor for Olsen's services: the New England Patriots.
Duane Reade's makeover wins suitor .
Acxiom Rejects Suitor , Releases Earnings.
AT&T Wireless Says It Wants a Suitor .
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS;A 2d Suitor Is Pursuing Maybelline.
AN AUSTRALIAN SUITOR IS REPORTED FOR M-G-M. Search All NYTimes.com.
The article also said the talks ended when Irving's chairman, Joseph A Rice, flatly rejected a proposed deal under which his bank would be divided between the two suitors .
MySpace Has a Suitor .
Indicted Tamarack suitor's lawyer wants off case.
The suitor for radio station owner Emmis Communications Corp. Extended the deadline by which shareholders can accept its buyout offer.
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In science:

The problem has stubbornly resisted a complete solution despite the attention of many suitors (see for a short history).
Higher dimensional distortion of random complexes
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