Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who is courting a woman.
  • n. A person who makes a petition or request.
  • n. Law A person who sues in court; a plaintiff; a petitioner.
  • n. A person or group seeking to purchase controlling interest in a company.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A party to a suit or litigation.
  • n. One who sues, petitions, solicits, or entreats; a petitioner.
  • n. One who sues for the hand of a woman in marriage; a wooer; one who courts a mistress.
  • v. To play the suitor; to woo; to make love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who sues, petitions, or entreats; a petitioner; an applicant.
  • n. Especially, one who solicits a woman in marriage; a wooer; a lover.
  • n.
  • n. One who sues or prosecutes a demand in court; a party to a suit, as a plaintiff, petitioner, etc.
  • n. One who attends a court as plaintiff, defendant, petitioner, appellant, witness, juror, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a party to a suit or litigation.
  • n. One who sues, petitions, solicits, or entreats; a petitioner.
  • n. One who sues for the hand of a woman in marriage; a wooer; one who courts a mistress.
  • To play the suitor; woo; make love.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man who courts a woman

Etymologies

Middle English, plaintiff, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin secūtor, follower, from secūtus, past participle of sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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