a person who defaults or fails to fulfill an obligation, especially a legal or financial one.
British. a soldier convicted by court-martial.

Origin of defaulter

First recorded in 1660–70; default + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for defaulter

Historical Examples of defaulter

  • Of course not; I am myself a defaulter in having told the matter to you.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • There, muffled closely, is the wife of a defaulter, who was caught in the act.

  • For who could tell the name of a defaulter at the station, but Mrs. Darcy?

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • My brother is a defaulter in the —— Bank, of which he was president.

    Jessie Carlton

    Francis Forrester

  • I will not have my daughter's name connected with that of a defaulter.

    The Celebrity, Complete

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for defaulter



a person who defaults
mainly British a person, esp a soldier, who has broken the disciplinary code of his service
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