- official acceptance and recording of the work completed by a student in a particular course of study.
- a credit hour.
- an entry of payment or value received on an account.
- the right-hand side of an account on which such entries are made (opposed to debit).
- an entry, or the total shown, on the credit side.
verb (used with object)
Origin of credit
Related Words for creditattention, wealth, mortgage, loan, bond, balance, stock, trust, consider, accept, refer, faith, notice, kudos, acknowledgment, commendation, confidence, merit, reliance, credence
Examples from the Web for credit
Contemporary Examples of credit
To his credit, Huckabee is conscious of the fact that he will need a cluster of deep-pocketed patrons and bundlers.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
To be sure, Jefferson did share the credit, but not in the way such a resolution might be interpreted.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
Lawmaking by legislatures is also a one-way ratchet—Legislators get credit for passing laws, not pruning them.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
And much of the credit to her transformation is owed to a finishing school that caters to women just like her.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
The night before he bought a lot of crack-cocaine on credit with no way to pay, intending to kill himself after smoking.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of credit
And there was the dazzling thought of going to Felix or Doucet with credit unlimited.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The work which we are doing there redounds to our credit as a nation.
Do Ministers deserve no credit for hitting on this critical device?
Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money.
But the District Attorney was not inclined to credit the confession.Within the Law
- the positive balance in a person's bank account
- the sum of money that a bank makes available to a client in excess of any deposit
- the practice of permitting a buyer to receive goods or services before payment
- the time permitted for paying for such goods or services
- acknowledgment of an income, liability, or capital item by entry on the right-hand side of an account
- the right-hand side of an account
- an entry on this side
- the total of such entries
- (as modifier)credit entries Compare debit (def. 1)
- a distinction awarded to an examination candidate obtaining good marks
- a section of an examination syllabus satisfactorily completed, as in higher and professional education
verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)
- to enter (an item) as a credit in an account
- to acknowledge (a payer) by making such an entryCompare debit (def. 2)
Word Origin for credit
1520s, from Middle French crédit (15c.) "belief, trust," from Italian credito, from Latin creditum "a loan, thing entrusted to another," from past participle of credere "to trust, entrust, believe" (see credo). The commercial sense was the original one in English (creditor is mid-15c.). Meaning "honor, acknowledgment of merit," is from c.1600. Academic sense of "point for completing a course of study" is 1904. Movie/broadcasting sense is 1914. Credit rating is from 1958; credit union is 1881, American English.
1540s, from credit (n.). Related: Credited; crediting.
see do someone proud (credit to); extend credit to; get credit for; give credit where credit is due.