cor·​re·​spon·​dent | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce correspondent (audio) , ˌkär-\

Definition of correspondent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : fitting, conforming used with with or to The outcome was entirely correspondent with my wishes.ʷ



Definition of correspondent (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one who communicates with another by letter
b : one who has regular commercial relations with another
c : one who contributes news or commentary to a publication (such as a newspaper) or a radio or television network often from a distant place a war correspondent
2 : something that corresponds

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Examples of correspondent in a Sentence


reading and writing are actually correspondent activities


When writing to business correspondents, use a formal tone. a correspondent in the Middle East bureau just filed a new report on the coup
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While most of Meduza's staff is based in Riga, special correspondents like Golunov are working in Russia. Nataliya Vasilyeva,, "Prominent investigative journalist detained in Russia, charged with drug dealing," 7 June 2019 Arizona Daily Star reporter Bruce Pascoe and correspondent Adam Zagoria contributed to this story. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona coach Sean Miller hasn't received a contract extension in more than two years," 7 June 2019 In our debut episode, Royal correspondent Omid Scobie takes us inside Hampton Court Palace for a glimpse at the lives of royal babies past. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Antoni Porowski's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 28 May 2019 Developing correspondent banking relationships across the globe will depend on strengthening the country’s defenses against corruption. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "With New Laws and Some Help, Iraq Turned Around Anti-Money-Laundering Problems," 28 Feb. 2019 Ruthe Stein is The Chronicle’s senior movie correspondent. Ruthe Stein,, "Proud family attends S.F. Frameline LBGTQ film fest opening of ‘TransMilitary’," 15 June 2018 While Hill has filled her time as a senior correspondent and columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN hasn’t made any announcements about Smith’s future role with the network. Rob Tornoe,, "ESPN is putting its failed 6 p.m. 'SportsCenter' experiment to rest with new lineup," 10 May 2018 Every morning, the Journal’s great baseball correspondent, Jared Diamond, goes to the window and looks for signs of a Harper or Machado signing, like a farmer trying to locate the first daffodils of spring. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Bryce Harper Is Playing Hardball. He Should Play Softball.," 10 Feb. 2019 Couric and attorney Jay Monahan married in 1989, the same year Couric became a correspondent in Washington, D.C., for the Today show. Jess Cagle,, "Katie Couric Explains How First Husband Jay Monahan’s Death Gave Her 'a Higher Sense of Purpose'," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of correspondent


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for correspondent


Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin correspondent-, correspondens, present participle of correspondēre — see correspond


see correspond

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English Language Learners Definition of correspondent

somewhat formal : someone who writes letters or e-mails to another person
: a person whose job is to send news to a newspaper, radio station, or television program often from different places around the world


cor·​re·​spon·​dent | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce correspondent (audio) \

Kids Definition of correspondent

1 : a person with whom another person communicates by letter or e-mail
2 : a person who sends news stories or comment to a newspaper, magazine, or broadcasting company especially from a distant place

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