What does debtor mean?

Definitions for debtorˈdɛt ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word debtor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. debtor, debitor(noun)

    a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt


  1. debtor(Noun)

    A person or firm that owes money; one in debt; one who owes a debt

  2. debtor(Noun)

    One who owes another anything, or is under obligation, arising from express agreement, implication of law, or principles of natural justice, to pay money or to fulfill some other obligation; in bankruptcy or similar proceedings, the person who is the subject of the proceeding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debtor(noun)

    one who owes a debt; one who is indebted; -- correlative to creditor

  2. Origin: [OE. dettur, dettour, OF. detor, detur, detour, F. dbiteur, fr. L. debitor, fr. debere to owe. See Debt.]


  1. Debtor

    A debtor is an entity that owes a debt to another entity. The entity may be an individual, a firm, a government, a company or other legal person. The counterparty is called a creditor. When the counterpart of this debt arrangement is a bank, the debtor is more often referred to as a borrower. If X borrowed money from his/her bank, X is the debtor and the bank is the creditor. If X puts money in the bank, X is the creditor and the bank is the debtor.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'debtor' in Nouns Frequency: #2647


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of debtor in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of debtor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gore Vidal:

    On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.

  2. Tom Zegan:

    The only way that I can see America ever becoming a strong nation again is to stop being a debtor nation and to begin spending less than is taxed on it's people.

  3. Buddy Clark:

    When providing a DIP, lenders will want to button down everything that hasn’t already been pledged as collateral, having unencumbered assets in a bankruptcy gives the debtor a bargaining chip with the various constituents at the table, which they would likely have to give up in order to get a DIP loan.

Images & Illustrations of debtor

  1. debtordebtordebtor

Translations for debtor

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for debtor »


Find a translation for the debtor definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these debtor definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"debtor." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/debtor>.

Are we missing a good definition for debtor? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for debtor:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.