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

Today in the red chair is Franklin Foer, the national correspondent for the Atlantic and former editor of the New Republic. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Amazon is a ‘bully,’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’," 3 Dec. 2018 That case was brought by a Washington correspondent for the Nation who was denied White House press credentials for vague security reasons. James Freeman, WSJ, "CNN’s Acosta Privilege," 13 Nov. 2018 Amanpour, the chief international correspondent for CNN, was on assignment and Rubin, then the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, was traveling with Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Aurelie Corinthios,, "CNN's Christiane Amanpour and Husband Jamie Rubin Are Divorcing After 20 Years," 11 July 2018 Richard Valeriani, who spent more than three decades as an on-air correspondent for the NBC Nightly News program and played a journalist in Crimson Tide, died Monday at his home in New York City, a publicist announced. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Richard Valeriani, Longtime 'NBC Nightly News' Correspondent, Dies at 85," 18 June 2018 While the German policies may be disturbing, Wienthal, also a correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, said he was not shocked by the UEJF report. Eric Berger, Jewish Journal, "European Jews increasingly feel abandoned by government," 13 June 2018 But even without no invitations, the mother-son duo just touched down in London on Monday, reportedly to serve as wedding correspondents for Good Morning Britain, according to TMZ. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Are Meghan Markle's Half-Siblings Going to the Royal Wedding?," 17 May 2018 On Sunday, that appeal was retweeted by Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Vietnam vet receives 2nd funeral with honors — 16 years after his death," 15 May 2018 Chris Wheatley, an Arsenal correspondent for Goal, noticed a particular classy interaction between a fan and Wenger., "VIDEO: Departing Arsene Wenger Shows Brilliant Gestures of Thanks to Fans in Final Arsenal Game," 14 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 \

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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