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 Quidel is listed as the largest unsecured creditor, with a $4.6 million claim. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio COVID-19 testing firm fights for survival amid dispute with test-maker," 15 Sep. 2020 The largest creditor is Solomon Management, the same Solomons who sold the surplus to Ariniello. oregonlive, "U.S. Outdoor Store files for bankruptcy; Portland ‘institution’ blames downtown crisis for its plight," 10 Sep. 2020 If a creditor wins a judgment against you and goes after your IRA, a court would decide how much of the account was necessary for your support and protect that. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Are 401(k)s protected from creditors? How about IRAs?," 6 Sep. 2020 Last week, Virgin Atlantic secured the backing of trade suppliers, the last of four creditor groups that needed to agree for the plan to go ahead. Fabian Graber,, "Virgin Atlantic’s $1.6 Billion Rescue Approved by U.K. Court," 1 Sep. 2020 The ship languished at the port and one month later was seized by Lebanese authorities, who cited a creditor's claim that the ship's charterer owed them money. Washington Post, "Lebanese officials tried to secure explosive chemicals days before Beirut blast," 31 Aug. 2020 In its fact sheet, the Treasury said Mnuchin’s dealings with the board of governors were routine and part of his obligation as the Postal Service’s largest creditor. Matthew Daly,, "Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has long leveraged connections, contributions. Democrats want to know how he got this job.," 30 Aug. 2020 If finalized, the creditor deal would push aside investment firm TPG, Fosun International Ltd. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which teamed up to buy Cirque in 2015. Vipal Monga And Alexander Gladstone, WSJ, "Creditors Poised to Take Control of Cirque du Soleil," 17 Aug. 2020 The plight of the creditor-dodging Micawber family (Peter Capaldi plays Mr. Micawber) never feels far from homelessness or debtor’s prison, for good reason. Michael Phillips,, "‘Personal History of David Copperfield’ review: Exuberant gallop through Charles Dickens, starring Dev Patel," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of creditor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2020

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“Creditor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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