cred·​i·​tor | \ ˈkre-di-tər How to pronounce creditor (audio) , -ˌtȯr \

Definition of creditor

: one to whom a debt is owed especially : a person to whom money or goods are due

Examples of creditor in a Sentence

She owes thousands of dollars to creditors.
Recent Examples on the Web Addleshaw Goddard has engaged with some of the company’s bondholders and is preparing to establish a creditor committee to negotiate with Evergrande, according to a person familiar with the matter. Fortune, 20 Sep. 2021 The benefits can be many: creditor protection, estate tax avoidance and control over assets. Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2021 One year, a generous creditor forgave a $500,000 loan. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 4 Aug. 2021 The payment, made directly to the pathologist's student loan creditor, will be limited to $25,000 for each 24 months of work at the Crime Lab or $100,000 per pathologist. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 For the complex plan to take effect, Judge Robert Drain of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York must sign off, a move long expected and now made even more likely by the full-throated results of the creditor vote., 28 July 2021 The bankruptcy plan has the support of most creditor groups and more than 30 states but is opposed by a handful of other states, the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, 23 July 2021 When an asset manager or other potential creditor calls, the line is usually answered — allowing for a more detailed analysis of both fundamental and ESG factors. Martin Jarzebowski, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Williams is listed as a potential creditor in the bankruptcy petition. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of creditor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Sep 2021

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“Creditor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of creditor

: a person, bank, or company that lends money to someone


cred·​i·​tor | \ ˈkre-də-tər How to pronounce creditor (audio) \

Kids Definition of creditor

: a person to whom a debt is owed


cred·​i·​tor | \ ˈkre-də-tər, -ˌtȯr How to pronounce creditor (audio) \

Legal Definition of creditor

: a person to whom a debt is owed especially : a person to whom money or goods are due — compare debtor, obligor
general creditor
: a creditor who is not secured by a lien or other security interest

called also unsecured creditor

judgment creditor
: a creditor who has a money judgment entered against the debtor and may enforce the judgment (as by attachment or writ of execution)
known creditor
: a creditor whose potential claim is known or should be known by a debtor and who is entitled to notice of a corporate dissolution or of a date at which claims will be barred (as in bankruptcy)
lien creditor
: a creditor who is secured by a lien (as by attachment)
secured creditor
: a creditor who has a security interest (as a mortgage)
unsecured creditor
: general creditor in this entry

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