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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Victoria Kim is a correspondent based at The New York Times’s Asia hub in Seoul. Yael Martínez, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Michael George is a correspondent for CBS Newspath based in New York City. Michael George, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2022 From 1982 to 1986, Mankiewicz was a correspondent with ABC News. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2022 Samantha Young is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, where this story first appeared. Samantha Young, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Aug. 2022 Robinson has served as a wine columnist and critic for numerous publications, and has been a correspondent for the Financial Times, since 1990. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 23 June 2022 Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, Fox correspondent Trey Yingst and Oleksandra ‘Sasha’ Kuvshynova, a consultant for the network, reporting in Ukraine. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Collins will serve as co-anchor and chief correspondent for the show. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 Shelley Murphy, Travis Andersen, and Spencer Buell of the Globe staff and correspondent Daniel Kool contributed to this report. Shannon Larson,, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for correspondent


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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