[ 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

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

Related forms

cred·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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British Dictionary definitions for creditor


/ (ˈkrɛdɪtə) /


a person or commercial enterprise to whom money is owedCompare debtor
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Culture definitions for creditor


One to whom a debt is owed.

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