creditor

[kred-i-ter]

noun

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).

Nearby words

  1. credit transfer,
  2. credit union,
  3. credit, letter of,
  4. credit-reference agency,
  5. creditable,
  6. credits,
  7. creditworthy,
  8. credo,
  9. credulity,
  10. credulous

Origin of creditor

1400–50; late Middle English creditour < Latin crēditor, equivalent to crēdi- variant stem of crēdere to believe, entrust (see credit) + -tor -tor

Related formscred·i·tor·ship, nounnon·cred·i·tor, nounpre·cred·i·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for creditor

creditor

noun

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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for creditor

creditor

One to whom a debt is owed.

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