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

Examples of guarantor in a Sentence

the town police force is the guarantor of our safety
Recent Examples on the Web Dealers are joining, and the Toledo Museum of Art recently admitted to serving as a guarantor at auction. Zachary Small, New York Times, 19 May 2024 What many have noticed this year is that the pool of potential guarantors is growing beyond the typical hedge-fund honchos. Zachary Small, New York Times, 19 May 2024 In either scenario, who would be responsible? European officials suggest that the United States should be the guarantor, while the Americans want the Europeans to take responsibility, Mr. Rahman said. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 14 May 2024 But there is another, longer-range worry: that, whoever wins this November’s U.S. presidential election, Europe cannot necessarily keep relying on America to be the superpower guarantor of the Continent’s security. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for guarantor 

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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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