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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. a person or commercial enterprise to whom money is owedCompare 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


One to whom a debt is owed.

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