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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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  • The creditor loses his usury and the debtor is acquitted of his obligation.

  • The creditor foresaw the shrinkage of his property, and feared it.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • How could she be for ever his creditor for such a boundless debt?

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. I (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • And the address of a creditor is as easily ascertained as that of a debtor.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • 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
  • This includes every debtor of superior cast to the creditor.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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creditor 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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