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 Bergman is a staff writer with The New York Times and the senior correspondent for military and intelligence affairs for Yedioth Ahronoth. Sergio Carmona,, "JNF Breakfast for Israel to feature award-winning journalist," 20 Nov. 2019 Joshua Yaffa, a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker, was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin this past fall. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Teodor Currentzis Brings His Intense Verdi to New York," 18 Nov. 2019 Hensel is well known in the area as the former chief medical correspondent for KNBC-TV. CBS News, "Ex-TV medical correspondent charged with asking 9-year-old girl for racy photos," 14 Nov. 2019 Hal Hodson is technology correspondent for The Economist. The Economist, "In the modern commune, a case of beer is not welcome," 8 Nov. 2019 In fact, according to royal correspondent Rebecca English, Allen was actually happy about the smudge and doesn't intend on getting rid of it. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Meghan Markle’s Makeup Mishap Is All Too Relatable," 8 Nov. 2019 Next month's Democratic primary debate, the fifth of the year, will be moderated by MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker and The Washington Post's White House reporter Ashley Parker. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "MSNBC Sets All-Female Moderator Team for November Democratic Debate," 23 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Correspondent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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