guar·​an·​tor ˌger-ən-ˈtȯr How to pronounce guarantor (audio)
ˈga-rən- How to pronounce guarantor (audio)
: one that gives a guaranty (see guarantee entry 1 sense 3)
: one that guarantees

Example Sentences

the town police force is the guarantor of our safety
Recent Examples on the Web That does not mean that Saudi Arabia is casting off the United States as its main security guarantor anytime soon; the United States supplies the vast majority of the kingdom’s weapons and defensive systems. Vivian Nereim, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2023 Those high prices have further strained ties between the kingdom and the United States, traditionally a security guarantor among the Gulf Arab states amid tensions with Iran. Jon Gambrell,, 12 Mar. 2023 While Karabakh-Armenians fear their calls for help are falling on deaf ears, others are questioning whether Moscow was ever a reliable security guarantor in the first place. Time, 18 Jan. 2023 In private, Iranian secular republicans embrace most dimensions of Enlightenment modernity and see alignment with the Western international order as the best guarantor of the country’s national interests. Kian Tajbakhsh, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Judah himself is both the one who makes the commitment and also the guarantor. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 19 Dec. 2022 Orban's right-wing Fidesz party has campaigned as the guarantor of Hungary's peace and security as the war rages in neighboring Ukraine, while falsely portraying the opposition parties as aiming to drag Hungary into the conflict on Ukraine's behalf. Justin Spike, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 And the ability to leave counterproductive, hazardous, or perverse conditions is a guarantor of freedom that also creates opportunities for innovation and improvement. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 10 Dec. 2022 Unfortunately, this device, with Neil and therapist looking on and offering commentary from armchairs, is almost a guarantor of boredom; generally, listening in on anyone’s therapy sessions wouldn’t stir excitement. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


see guaranty entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guarantor was circa 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Guarantor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


guar·​an·​tor ˌgar-ən-ˈtȯ(ə)r How to pronounce guarantor (audio) ˈgar-ən-tər How to pronounce guarantor (audio)
: one that gives a guarantee

Legal Definition


: one that makes or gives a guaranty

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