I'm trying to find an alternative for "marriage seeker"; ie, someone who asks for the other's hand in marriage.

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Question: Is there a better alternative for “marriage seeker”?

Answer: Yes: there is Courter, suitor, inamorato and fiancé.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, (1913), s.v Courter:

  1. One who courts; one who plays the lover, or who solicits in marriage; one who flatters and cajoles.

Wordnet 3.6, s.v. Suitor

  1. A man who courts a woman; "a suer for the hand of the princess".

Wordnet 3.6 s.v. Inamorato: "1. A male lover."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913, s.v. inamorato

1. A man with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913 s.v. Fiance: " 1. A betrothed man."

Wordnet 3.6 s.v. Fiance: "A man who is engaged to be married."

Use in a sentence: He was her courter, suitor, inamorato, or fiancé; she was indecisive on the matter, the exactness of their relationship.

  • I choose suitor. – GEdgar Jan 29 '18 at 18:15
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    @EdwinAshworth As always, you should feel free to edit an answer you think is inadequate. – ell Jan 29 '18 at 19:52
  • @sgroves I think I do more than my fair share of trying to stop the decline into mediocrity that various mods have warned about. Don't you feel that you could come up with something more helpful than your comment? // Here, I think it inappropriate to seek to improve an answer to a question I've close-voted. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 29 '18 at 20:04
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    Eh, pedants will be pedants. Upvoted this answer. – ell Jan 29 '18 at 20:10

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