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.



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

Adjective reading and writing are actually correspondent activities Noun 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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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 email
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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