cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web That led to some confusion from Celtics fans on Twitter and a smattering of Christmas Day correspondence in your friendly neighborhood media columnist’s e-mail inbox., "Celtics’ victory over the Raptors in Toronto.," 28 Dec. 2019 Her aide is a law school classmate who used to work out of the Pentagon as a correspondence analyst. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County Commissioner Nicole Joy Frethem’s trial by fire," 25 Dec. 2019 His correspondence charts the turning away from socialism and social realism that would produce his novel’s potent surreality. Kevin Young, The New Yorker, "Ralph Ellison’s Slow-Burning Art," 2 Dec. 2019 Indiana reached out the way a lot of teams do at first, through paper correspondence. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "5th-year seniors helped change IU culture, but Michigan offers 1 more breakthrough chance," 22 Nov. 2019 The California AG is suing Facebook to turn over key information the company has allegedly failed to release, including email correspondence from both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Wired, "California Reveals It’s Been Investigating Facebook," 6 Nov. 2019 The vast majority of the money was routed through Deutsche Bank, which at the time served as correspondence bank for U.S. dollar payments at the Estonian business, people familiar with the matter have said. Steven Arons,, "Deutsche Bank Comes Under Investigation Over Danske Bank Role," 25 Sep. 2019 Hammer is among 18 members of the unpaid, 76-member NRA board who have collected money from the group during the past three years, according to tax filings, state charitable reports and NRA correspondence reviewed by The Post. Beth Reinhard,, "NRA’s Marion Hammer took low-interest loan from affiliate she leads," 12 Sep. 2019 Gert's Royal Replies also notes that reusing photos is common practice in the royal correspondence world, especially for adults. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Sends Thank-You Notes to Fans Who Wished Him a Happy Birthday," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of correspondence

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

History and Etymology for correspondence

see correspond

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The first known use of correspondence was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Correspondence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce correspondence (audio) \

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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