[gar-uh n-tawr, -ter]
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Origin of guarantor

First recorded in 1850–55; guarant(ee) + -or2
Related formspre·guar·an·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for guarantor

underwriter, backer, sponsor, patron, bondsman, bailsman

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British Dictionary definitions for guarantor


  1. a person who gives or is bound by a guarantee or guaranty; surety
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Word Origin and History for guarantor

1853, from guarantee with Latinate agent noun suffix -or substituted for -ee.

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