Meaning of “debtor” in the English Dictionary

"debtor" in English

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debtornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdet.ər/ us /ˈdet̬.ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A debtor who refuses to take this oath can be sent to prison. 
  • But he was accommodating in his credit and lenient to debtors in default. 
  • It is probable that with an eye to business he disposes promptly of his creditors and keeps debtors to the last. 
  • Moreover, the old quarrel between poor and rich, debtor and creditor, broke out again. 
  • Surely to interpose the Irish Government between the Irish debtor and his English creditor, and to provide that the Irish revenues in bulk, not the individual holdings of each tenant, shall be the security for the English creditor. 

(Definition of “debtor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"debtor" in American English

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debtornoun [ C ]

us /ˈdet̬·ər/

a country, organization, or person who owes money:

Student loans force students to graduate as debtors.

(Definition of “debtor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"debtor" in Business English

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uk /ˈdetər/ us

[ C ] a person, country, or organization that owes money:

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was appointed receiver of the debtor's assets.
debtor countries/nations
debtors [ plural ] UK US receivables

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the money that is owed to a company and that is shown in its accounts as an asset:

When a client is issued with a bill, the amount on the bill should be entered as debtors in the firm's accounts.

(Definition of “debtor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)