: credibility
specifically : the ability to gain acceptance as a member of a particular group or class
used … his new street cred to develop contacts Dale Keiger

Examples of cred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kenner arrived on the case with street cred in the hip-hop community and a reputation as an effective consigliere to the biggest names in ’90s West Coast rap. Michael Ames, Vulture, 24 Jan. 2024 Now in her second season with the San Francisco arena, Nazario-Mendoza brings a global resume and local cred to the role. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 8 Jan. 2024 So Paul assimilates into the Fremen world, learning to survive in the desert, ride the gigantic sandworms that populate it, and eventually gain enough local cred to woo Chani (Zendaya), a Fremen woman tasked with mentoring him. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Feb. 2024 The point of Billy Idol – State Line: Live at the Hoover Dam wasn’t just about having a cool concert at an iconic location, but also to bring awareness to water conservation, a cause Idol has put his full weight and considerable cool cred behind. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 15 Dec. 2023 Make use of your creds to add trust in your business. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Diablo Cody just as famous as the work itself, and her story of writing the script in a Target Starbucks boosted the production's indie cred. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 15 Sep. 2023 Pavement’s signature ‘90s slacker cynicism about the music industry came through most clearly on their biggest hit, shortly after Matador Records risked its indie cred to sign a partnership with major label Atlantic. Al Shipley, SPIN, 20 Feb. 2024 Kauffman is back to direct the Broadway premiere, now led by Rachel McAdams, always great on film, here making her Broadway debut (though she’s got eternal stage cred from being in the TV series Slings & Arrows). Sara Holdren, Vulture, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cred was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Cred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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