correspondence

noun

cor·​re·​spon·​dence ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio)
ˌkär-
1
a
: communication by letters or email
also : the letters or emails 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
2
a
: 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The former star running back for the school who appeared in its last Rose Bowl game will replace Chip Kelly, the school announced Monday after completing a warp-speed search that lasted less than 72 hours and included 11 interviews and correspondence with more than 20 potential candidates. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 From then, the planning continued by letter and much of this correspondence is on show at the exhibition. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 In their correspondence, Joly and Tunis didn’t just decide on weapons purchases and wire transfers, the prosecution said, Joly also boasted about kidnappings carried out by his gang. Shirsho Dasgupta, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 While some of this correspondence included serious insights about the murders, it is thought that most was written by insincere individuals who wrongly identified themselves as the murderer. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 Items may include Albert Einstein’s correspondence with FDR about the Manhattan Project and Rosa Parks’ police report. Buy Side Staff, wsj.com, 10 Jan. 2024 Clock said the city has not received any formal correspondence from the state. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2024 The thoughtful correspondence she’s maintained for the past 20 years comes amid numerous projects and obligations. Marsha Porter, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 The material, which includes casual correspondence with like-minded allies around the country, also reveals unvarnished views on race, sexuality and gender roles. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see correspond

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near correspondence

Cite this Entry

“Correspondence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correspondence. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

correspondence

noun
cor·​re·​spon·​dence ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio)
1
a
: agreement between certain things
b
: a point of similarity
c
: a relation between sets in which each member of one set is matched to one or more members of the other set
2
a
: communication by letters
b
: the letters exchanged

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