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creditor

[kred-i-ter] /ˈkrɛd ɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or firm to whom money is due (opposed to debtor).
2.
a person or firm that gives credit in business transactions.
3.
Bookkeeping. credit (def 12b, c).
Origin of creditor
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English creditour < Latin crēditor, equivalent to crēdi- variant stem of crēdere to believe, entrust (see credit) + -tor -tor
Related forms
creditorship, noun
noncreditor, noun
precreditor, noun
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  • The creditor loses his usury and the debtor is acquitted of his obligation.

  • Such a person is more likely to be a creditor than a debtor to society.

  • How could she be for ever his creditor for such a boundless debt?

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. I (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • The door was opened, and Paul found himself in the presence of his father's creditor.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • For unless you make it ruinous to the creditor for the credit to be given you will never stop it.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
  • When his creditor was gone he went into the kitchen and acquainted the family with what had passed.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for creditor

creditor

/ˈkrɛdɪtə/
noun
1.
a person or commercial enterprise to whom money is owed Compare debtor
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Word Origin and History for creditor
n.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French creditour, Old French creditour (early 14c.), from Latin creditor "truster, lender," from creditus, past participle of credere (see credo).

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creditor in Culture

creditor definition


One to whom a debt is owed.

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