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 The correspondent-at-large for Fox News and his wife, Erica, apparently have conflicting viewpoints over their presidential choices. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Fox newsman Geraldo Rivera, wife showcase conflicting political signs on lawn of Shaker Heights home," 12 Sep. 2020 The audio, obtained by California radio correspondent Steve Gregory, led to the hosts of Southern California's John and Ken Show on KFI discussing the possibility of Ferrer conditioning reopening in order to exert political influence. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Los Angeles County health director expects schools to reopen after the election, according to audio recording," 10 Sep. 2020 But as correspondent Serena Altschul reports, our skies are becoming marred by light pollution and, increasingly, orbiting satellites. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (September 13)," 10 Sep. 2020 Trump also denied the comments attributed to him in the Atlantic article, though reporters from other news organizations, including a Fox News correspondent, have confirmed various aspects of the story. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Trump’s support among military lags previous GOP presidential candidates," 9 Sep. 2020 So Mizrahi quit her job at a skincare spa franchise in Estero, as did Pfaffenback, a news correspondent for a Fort Myers TV station. Phillip Valys,, "Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers, South Florida’s newest brewery, coming to Lauderhill," 9 Sep. 2020 Austin correspondent Alex Briseño contributed to this report. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Gov. Greg Abbott asks Texas politicians to sign ‘pledge’ not to support defunding police," 9 Sep. 2020 Michael Smith, the Australian Financial Review’s correspondent based in Shanghai, received a similar visit that night. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, "Two Australian journalists flee China after tense standoff," 8 Sep. 2020 The 32-year-old Fox News national correspondent, who first joined the network a decade ago to work on, has been busy keeping pace with a breakneck news cycle of overlapping stories. Adam Carlson,, "A Birth, a Death and a Wedding Postponed: What Fox News' Bryan Llenas Learned in the Pandemic," 8 Sep. 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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“Correspondent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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