cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio) , ˌkär- \

Definition of correspondence

1a : 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
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 Stone made the plot of the novel from his research among Van Gogh’s correspondence, a three-volume edition of which had been published in 1914, edited by the painter’s sister-in-law Jo van Gogh–Bonger. John Banville, The New York Review of Books, "His Own Worst Enemy," 27 Apr. 2021 The flow of numbers, contracts, and correspondence demanded a new workforce, which in turn required big spaces and reliable lighting. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "New York City Made the Office," 26 Apr. 2021 O'Connor's epistolary correspondence is contained in The Habit of Being, a collection of letters written by the author throughout her lifetime. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "Watch the New American Masters Documentary on Flannery O'Connor Online Now," 24 Apr. 2021 Artifacts include campaign buttons and signs, editorial cartoons, photographs, portraits and correspondence. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Remembering Walter Mondale," 22 Apr. 2021 In this short, written and directed by Isaac’s wife, Elvira Lind, Isaac plays a prison guard transferred to the titular letter room, where he’s tasked with screening all correspondence in and out. Joe Reid, Vulture, "Every 2021 Oscar-Nominated Movie, Ranked," 21 Apr. 2021 And consumers have lit up the perfume blogosphere and pelted the E.U. Commission with correspondence, including a petition with more than 2,500 signatures complaining about the new regulations. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, "A Big Stink in the World of Perfume," 21 Apr. 2021 Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Charles are also expected to respond to global figures who reached out after Philip's passing with correspondence being sent out via Kensington Palace and Clarence House. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the Queen Is Celebrating Her Birthday Differently This Year," 19 Apr. 2021 The agency is still processing a backlog of returns and correspondence while issuing a third wave of stimulus payments and gearing up to send monthly child credit payments to millions of families. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: No need to file amended returns for refund of taxed unemployment benefits," 17 Apr. 2021

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

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“Correspondence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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