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 Additionally, country artist Jessie James Decker will return as Powerball correspondent for the second year. Leada Gore |, al, "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2021 with Ryan Seacrest: Times, how to watch," 31 Dec. 2020 A few years earlier, in 1880, a correspondent from The New York Times had come through. Jennifer Schuessler,, "Uncovering lost Black history, stone by stone," 26 Dec. 2020 Clifford, then a New York Times reporter, overheard the Bloomberg correspondent on the phone with Shkreli at work one day. Los Angeles Times, "A journalist blew up her life for ‘pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli. The writer who told her story isn’t sure why," 21 Dec. 2020 Also contributing was AP Radio correspondent Julie Walker in New York. The Associated Press,, "Who should get coronavirus vaccine next? People over 75 and teachers, panel recommends," 21 Dec. 2020 Rukmini Callimachi, a Times correspondent who hosted the podcast, will remain at the paper and but will be reassigned. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "New York Times says its award-winning podcast about ISIS 'did not meet our standards for accuracy'," 18 Dec. 2020 But in a panel discussion with Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Emmer rebuffed multiple attempts by moderator and CBS correspondent Major Garrett to refer to Biden as president-elect. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Rep. Tom Emmer will attend Joe Biden's presidential inauguration — but still won't call him president-elect," 17 Dec. 2020 Monitor correspondent Randy Dotinga spoke with the book’s author, British rock historian Lesley-Ann Jones, about her deeply perceptive portrait of this brilliant, troubled, not-always-admirable musician. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "Q&A with Lesley-Ann Jones, author of ‘The Search for John Lennon’," 14 Dec. 2020 Now the Times’ chief Africa correspondent, Walsh contributed dispatches that pulsated with urgency and empathy. Washington Post, "Revisiting Pakistan’s tangle of contradictions and violence," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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“Correspondent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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