Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One to whom money or its equivalent is owed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person to whom a debt is owed.
  • n. One who gives credence to something; a believer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who credits, believes, or trusts.
  • n. One who gives credit in business matters; hence, one to whom money is due; -- correlative to debtor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who believes; a believer.
  • n. One to whom any return is due or payable; specifically, one who gives credit in business transactions; hence, one to whom a sum of money is due for any cause: correlative to debtor. Abbreviated Cr.
  • n. A similar action or bill to set aside a fraudulent transfer of assets which may be sold on execution: commonly called a bill in the nature of a creditor's bill, or a bill in aid of an execution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists

Etymologies

From Latin crēditor, from crēditum ("loan"), from crēditus, perfect passive participle of crēdō ("lend") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • KDB is also the main creditor of Kumho Asiana, which suffered a cash shortage after a heavily leveraged acquisition of Daewoo Engineering in late 2006.

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  • In Portugal, austerity measures aimed at bringing down the country 's towering budget deficit are crucial to regain creditor confidence, Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said, while also acknowledging that they will slow down economic growth next year.

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  • It included the unprecedented step of a board voting to sell a club against the wishes of its shareholders (a move made possible, according to the High Cou rt, by an agreement reached between the club and its main creditor, the Royal Bank of Scotland, last April which gave the club chairman wide-ranging powers).

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  • LISBON — Austerity measures aimed at bringing down Portugal 's towering budget deficit are crucial to regain creditor confidence, Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said Saturday, while also acknowledging that they will slow down economic growth next year.

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  • No creditor is gonna want want a piece of your sweet assets these days unless you've got a nice fat down payment and a plunging debt-to-income ratio that reveals a nice plump credit score.

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  • What isn't reflected on the balance sheet, Jim, and what doesn't apply to the case of an individual who owes a creditor is that the US gov't enjoys taxing authority.

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  • If that happens, even a secured creditor is likely not to get a full recovery, and will in any event likely to have to wait and endure the inefficiencies of bankruptcy.

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  • Suppliers become reluctant to ship materials to any enterprise struggling under a heavy debt load; many demand cash on delivery because they fear becoming a long-term creditor of a company whose debt is selling at a deep discount.

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  • I called the creditor, but they deny knowledge of having done such a thing.

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