De'btor. n.s. [debitor, Latin.]
- He that owes something to another.
I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians, both to the wise and to the unwise. Ro. i. 14.
The case of debtors in Rome, for the first four centuries, was, after the set time for payment, no choice but either to pay, or be the creditor's slave. Swift.
- One that owes money.
I'll bring your latter hazard back again,
And thankfully rest debtor for the first. Shak. Merch. of Ven.
If he has his ample palm
Should hap'ly on ill-fated shoulder lay
Of debtor, strait his body, to the touch
Obsequious, as whilom knights were wont,
To some enchanted castle is convey'd. Philips.
There dy'd my father, no man's debtor;
And there I'll die, nor worse, nor better. Pope's Horace.
- One side of an account-book.
When I look upon the debtor side, I find such innumerable articles, that I want arithmetick to cast them up; but when I look upon the creditor side, I find little more than blank paper. Addison's Spectator, №. 549.