cor·​re·​spon·​dent | \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dənt, 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

Trump refused to take a question from the network's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trump in U.K.: "I Don't Take Questions From CNN"," 13 July 2018 The match, contested between two European nations, drew supporters from scores of others; your correspondent counted more flags from Latin American countries than Europe. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 Today this all-too-cozy, white-guy camaraderie seemed to extend to disturbing new levels as NBC correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted that sources said Trump and Kennedy had actually negotiated his selection of Kavanaugh over the last few months. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Confirmed: The Supreme Court Is Just Another White Boys’ Club," 10 July 2018 The network also brings in its many correspondents in Russia, from writers like Gabriele Marcotti to former U.S. national team forward Herculez Gomez, who was covering Mexico’s run at the tournament. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "How ESPN is showing 2018 World Cup highlights: Legos, crayons and creativity," 4 July 2018 His 2011 White House correspondents' dinner jokes mocking Trump's presidential aspirations have since become folklore. Elahe Izadi,, "Inside the writers' room with Seth Meyers: How to make late-night TV in the Trump era," 29 May 2018 Bustos, a junior at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was invited to Washington D.C. to be recognized at the annual dinner alongside other students who received a scholarship from the correspondents' organization. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Why this ASU student met Trump, went on stage at The White House Correspondents' Dinner," 28 Apr. 2018 After a few months of exchanging letters, the students finally got a chance to meet their cursive correspondents. CBS News, "Students connect with senior pen pals through cursive letters," 26 Apr. 2018 According to Nigel Ashok Duara, a national correspondent for Vice News Tonight who was also on the press tour, each minor sleeps in a metal bunk bed alongside 19 other children in a canvas tent. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Journalist Says Images of Tent City for Immigrant Children Are ‘Sanitized’," 25 June 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


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English Language Learners Definition of correspondent

: 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 \

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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