cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s, ˌkär-\

Definition of correspondence 

1a : communication by letters or e-mail also : the letters or e-mails exchanged I have a pile of correspondence on my desk.

b : the news, information, or opinion contributed by a correspondent to a newspaper or periodical

2a : the agreement of things with one another the correspondence between spelling and pronunciation

b : a particular similarity

c : a relation between sets in which each member of one set is associated with one or more members of the other — compare function sense 5a

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Examples of correspondence in a Sentence

They communicated by telephone and correspondence. E-mail correspondence has become extremely important for modern businesses. The two men began a correspondence that would continue throughout their lives. A book of the author's personal correspondence was published early last year. A formal tone is always used in business correspondence. Note the correspondence of each number to a location on the map. Sometimes there is little correspondence between the way a word is spelled and the way it is pronounced in English. Sometimes there are few correspondences between spelling and pronunciation.
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Watercolor crests and illustrations have been making the rounds as of late, transitioning from wedding suites to everyday correspondence cards. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 The plot of this novel is simple enough: a 65-year-old male, single, retired journalist happens to see an ad, in a romantic pen pals magazine, from a 56-year-old widow asking for correspondence. Ana Kurland, idahostatesman, "Spanish novel reveals insight into newspaper industry under Franco | Idaho Statesman," 8 Apr. 2018 During this backward spin, proofread all correspondences and triple-check the fine print. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What March's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Feb. 2018 Virtual assistants handle all kinds of administrative projects, including travel arrangements, event planning, correspondence and other support services that can be done remotely via e-mail and phone. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "19 Real Ways to Make Money from Home," 22 May 2017 In March, Wells Fargo got back to the women about the privacy breach — by again sending a correspondence directly to their home address on March 4, instead of using the safe address the lender was supposed to use, the lawsuit said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "A rape victim entered witness protection. Wells Fargo may have blown her cover, suit says | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Freedom of information requests were filed at universities for three of the authors' correspondence, with at least one request by Crockford. Author: Erica Goode, Anchorage Daily News, "Climate skeptics say polar bears are fine. Scientists beg to differ.," 10 Apr. 2018 There wasn’t a perfect correspondence between the mutation and insulin resistance. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Blind cavefish seem to ignore insulin without health consequences," 23 Mar. 2018 As the solo violin began to play, lifts were introduced in the dancing — what a wonderful correspondence. Jeffrey Johnson,, "HSO Glides Through Challenging Program Of Stravinsky, 'Swan Lake'," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of correspondence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for correspondence

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English Language Learners Definition of correspondence

: the activity of writing letters or e-mails to someone

: the letters or e-mails that people write to each other

: a direct relationship to or with something or between two things


cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dəns \

Kids Definition of correspondence

1 : communication by means of letters or e-mail : the letters or e-mail exchanged

2 : agreement between certain things Sometimes there is little correspondence between the spelling and the pronunciation of a word.

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