Dictionary of all accounting terms
A creditor is a person, organization, company or government to whom money is owed.
A creditor is normally defined as a party that has a claim on a second party. The second party is known as the debtor. Normally, this can be simplified to a creditor being a supplier, and the second party, the customer or debtor, owes money to the supplier.
Besides that basic definition, there are other ways in which the term creditor is used. A creditor may also be the lender of properties, services or money.
In the business world, there are four types of creditors:
Creditors and debtors make official agreements before they engage in the business relationship.