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[kred-i-ter] /ˈkrɛd ɪ tər/
a person or firm to whom money is due (opposed to debtor).
a person or firm that gives credit in business transactions.
Bookkeeping. credit (def 12b, c).
Origin of creditor
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • She poisons herself when her unpaid creditor threatens to expose her double life.
  • The debts are not sold to another creditor but forgiven outright.
  • In many instances, the creditor hires another company to collect the debt.
  • Or there is payday lending, where the borrower gives the creditor permission to take money straight from his next pay cheque.
  • creditor nations can give with one hand, or stop taking with the other.
  • The unsecured creditor is essentially now providing a limited facility to allow a bank to work through its problem.
  • Not surprisingly, it is a staunch defender of creditor rights.
  • And these creditor countries are bound, ultimately, to run the show.
  • The euro zone's northern creditor governments have refused to put more of their own money into the pot.
  • Since then, the ownership company reached an agreement with its main creditor to sell it at auction.
British Dictionary definitions for creditor


a person or commercial enterprise to whom money is owed Compare debtor
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Word Origin and History for creditor

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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