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 toThe 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wallace is a former Central America correspondent for CBS News, Newsweek and the Guardian. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Bush daughters bringing ‘Sisters First’ discussion to Clinton, Quinnipiac professor talks identity politics," 5 Nov. 2019 Alex Thomas, Washington correspondent for Playboy, released the receipts on Twitter showing a California radio host approached the National Republican Congressional Committee with the Hill images before the story was published in RedState., "Katie Hill was in a relationship with a staffer. It’s wrong. Revenge porn is wrong, too.," 1 Nov. 2019 For Marc Roche, a longstanding London correspondent for Le Monde, France’s newspaper of record, that establishment view is deeply mistaken. The Economist, "In praise of British exceptionalism," 26 Sep. 2019 But Fox is ultimately banking on the star power behind Pitt, who appears to be going through a bit of a cinematic renaissance, according to Nikki Novak, a correspondent for Fandango. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Ad Astra' could be the hit that 20th Century Fox desperately needs," 20 Sep. 2019 Monica Robins, senior health correspondent for WKYC TV, once again served as emcee for the event. Carol Kovach,, "Heroes Run recognizes fallen police, firefighters; awards scholarships," 16 Sep. 2019 Boyle, who studied journalism in Ontario and hoped to become a war correspondent, met Coleman on an online Star Wars forum in 2002. Washington Post, "Testimony of former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle adds to questions about his relationship with American wife," 7 Sep. 2019 Special correspondents Jeremy Chen and Gaochao Zhang contributed to this report. Los Angeles Times, "Czech Republic sees a surge in visitors from China, including many prenuptial couples," 3 Sep. 2019 According to The Sunday Times' royal correspondent, Roya Nikkhah, Prince Harry's long-time friend, Charlie van Straubenzee, has been named as one of Archie's godparents. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Charlie van Straubenzee? 9 Things to Know About Prince Harry's Friend and Archie's Godfather," 7 July 2019

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

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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 being in agreement or harmony

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