- 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
Examples from the Web for credits
Contemporary Examples of credits
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
And Ejogo credits her director for many of those added elements.The Revolutionary Women of ‘Selma’
December 26, 2014
Tom Cotton credits Harvard as the place where he “discovered political philosophy as a way of life.”Harvard’s Conservative Cabal Takes Congress
December 17, 2014
He credits late comedian Eric Tunney, his co-host after Williams moved to Hollywood, with helping define Ed.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
November 13, 2014
Ferris credits her books Louisiana Cookery (1954) and New Orleans Cuisine (1969) as exemplars of diligent reporting and research.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of credits
The guard treated him unfairly, lied about him to the warden, lost his credits, persecuted him.White Fang
And soon Plato was richer by fifteen credits, instead of the ten or twelve he had hoped for.Runaway
Mr. Grant had gone to an Indian lodge to receive his credits.
There must have been over two thousand credits in the wallet.
He took the sack of credits and tossed it toward a drawer, uncounted.
- 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.