Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who believes; a believer.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • 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).

    What Now for Liverpool?

  • 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.

    Portugal Says Austerity Will Slow 2011 GDP Growth

  • 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.

    Korea Development Bank to Acquire Daewoo Stake

  • Some people will tell you that some public lands have already been conveyed to certain creditor nations or if not conveyed have been allowed to take control of such lands.

    New Deficit Estimates for United States Increases By $2 Trillion

  • 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.

    How To Be A Sexy Borrower - The Consumerist

  • 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.

    World Watch

  • 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.

    Social Security Privatization, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • 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.

    Is That Legal?: July 2006 Archives

  • 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.

    Is That Legal?: Books Archives

  • 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.

    Is That Legal?: In the Shadow of the Law

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