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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms? CreditCards.com's glossary of credit card definitions will help. From account holder to Regulation Z, we have defined the most-common and most-confusing credit card terms.


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Balance

On a credit card account or credit line, the balance is the amount owed. When a consumer does not pay the monthly amount owed in full, and carries a balance over a monthly billing period, the card issuer charges the consumer for the privilege of borrowing, in an amount set by the card's interest rate.