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

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 Alaina was the niece of former Disney channel star Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 And a CBS News correspondent discovered a cache of potentially millions of water bottles sitting unopened on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Bridget Read, Vogue, "For Trump, Hurricane Florence Will Be a Test He’s Already Failed," 12 Sep. 2018 Al Arabiya announced its sanctioning in a tweet also on Monday, saying authorities had stopped correspondent Saad Eddin Hassan from working and withdrawn his permit. Brian Rohan, The Seattle Times, "Al Jazeera says Sudan withdraws journalists’ work permits," 22 Jan. 2019 Likewise, Judy Muller, a former ABC correspondent and current journalism professor at the University of Southern California, also told the publication that Megyn likely won't be okay with disappearing or retiring right away. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What's Going to Happen to Megyn Kelly Now That NBC Canceled Her 'Today' Hour?," 6 Nov. 2018 Trainor was a military correspondent of The New York Times from 1986 to 1990 and later an analyst for ABC News and NBC News. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "In memoriam through June 9: Three KC fashion and art icons and a beloved chef," 9 June 2018 Lauer said in a statement to The Washington Post, in a report by Sarah Ellison, a former special correspondent for V.F. and The Hive. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Matt Lauer Is Now Publicly Denying Sexual Misconduct Allegations," 27 Apr. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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