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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).
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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  • Bankruptcy would have made the contracts null and void, at best in line with all the unsecured creditors.
  • In doing this, though, inflation helps debtors and spenders at the expense of creditors and savers.
  • And creditors to both businesses and consumers should ensure that an economic shock won't result in defaults as well.
  • There's currency risk, too, especially since many of our creditors are foreigners.
  • Are there any creditors that will not work with credit counseling service.
  • With many, it means that they lied to their wives or their creditors.
  • Most likely these creditors will not call in their loans-if they ever did, there would be a global financial crisis.
  • creditors further down the ladder should be patient and wait their turn.
  • Others get pink slips when the company, now laden with debt, can't meet its payments to creditors and eventually goes bankrupt.
  • Even though time and time again, thousands of jobs were lost, investors and creditors were out hundreds of millions.
British Dictionary definitions for creditors


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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creditors in Culture

creditor definition

One to whom a debt is owed.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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