credential

adjective
cre·​den·​tial | \kri-ˈden(t)-shəl \

Definition of credential 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: warranting credit or confidence used chiefly in the phrase credential letters

credential

noun

Definition of credential (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something that gives a title to credit or confidence also : qualification sense 3a the applicant with the best credentials

2 credentials plural : testimonials or certified documents showing that a person is entitled to credit or has a right to exercise official power a doctor's credentials

credential

verb
credentialed also credentialled; credentialing also credentialling

Definition of credential (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to furnish with credentials … to credential adequate academic performance …— K. Patricia Cross journalists who have been credentialed by the Secret Service

Examples of credential in a Sentence

Noun

My experience as a manager is my strongest credential.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But the real victims of this credential inflation are the two-thirds of millennials who didn’t go to college. Michelle Legro, Longreads, "The Downwardly Mobile Generation," 19 Dec. 2017 As school districts face fierce competition for teachers, the Natomas Unified School District is offering to cover most credential program costs, provide free use of a Macbook and give bonus pay for living within district boundaries. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "This school district is offering new teacher bonuses and credential tuition payments," 1 Nov. 2017 This school district is offering new teacher bonuses and credential tuition payments Sacramento school board authorizes campus closures and removal of pickets if teachers strike Never miss a local story. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Mayor says Sacramento teacher strike 'would be really damaging to everyone' | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Nov. 2017 From 1985 to 1988, Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese—an early supporter of the society—helped groom and credential young conservative lawyers by giving key positions in the Justice Department to early leaders of the society. Neal Devins, Slate Magazine, "How the Federalist Society became the de facto selector of Republican Supreme Court justices.," 31 Jan. 2017 States now credential interior designers, tree trimmers, and even florists. Edward L. Glaeser, National Review, "The War on Work — and How to End It," 1 Aug. 2017 Last day of classes May 13-19: Semester exams May 19: Honors and scholars awards ceremony, ROTC Commissioning and Teacher Credential Ceremony May 20-21: Commencement exercises. Wendy Fawthrop, Orange County Register, "CSUF graduating students get a jump on real-world jobs," 9 May 2017 May 19: Honors and scholars awards ceremony, ROTC Commissioning and Teacher Credential Ceremony May 20-21: Commencement exercises. Wendy Fawthrop, Orange County Register, "CSUF graduating students get a jump on real-world jobs," 9 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His conservative credentials on immigration and voter fraud particularly are the foundation of his campaign. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained," 15 Oct. 2018 Our study found that the academic credentials of most of the Under 30 education award recipients were in computer science, economics, political science, engineering, and business, with the overwhelming majority possessing Ivy League pedigrees. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Who wins the annual Forbes’ “30 Under 30” education awards? New study details telling links between judges and winners," 3 July 2018 With no institutional commissions on his résumé, [Johnson] considered the temple a loss leader that would pad his credentials. Alex Beam, WSJ, "‘The Man in the Glass House’ Review: Throwing Stones at Philip Johnson," 2 Nov. 2018 Facebook makes a case for transparency in its Ad Preferences, which shows you the number of advertisers that have been supplied your credentials. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Uses the Contacts In Your Phone to Sell Ads to Your Friends," 27 Sep. 2018 The White House and its allies are trying to sell Kavanaugh on his impressive credentials and to soften his image as a political operative at the center of some of the most partisan battles of the last two decades. latimes.com, "Today: The Chaos of Reunification," 11 July 2018 As a young and untested leader, Sanchez needs to bolster his leadership credentials ahead of the next general election in two years—a difficult task given the Socialists control only one-quarter of Parliament. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 As a security protection, Twitter also sometimes locks an account when its credentials have been posted or leaked elsewhere online. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Why Your Twitter Follower Count Might Go Down This Week," 11 July 2018 The latest generation of luxury electric cars though are also trying to serve up a sizzling steak with those greens, drawing buyers in based primarily on their performance rather than just their environmentally-friendly credentials. NBC News, "Luxury electric cars lure buyers on performance, not the planet," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Italian owner cut his teeth working at the Italian-run Kestè on Bleecker Street, so the Neapolitan pizzas bubbling in Sottocasa are, to say the least, credentialed. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Though White House reporters are also typically credentialed in Congress, too. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Study: male political reporters retweet other dudes 3 times more than their female colleagues," 22 June 2018 That could be a bachelor's degree, associate's degree or industry-specific credentialing program. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett sets lofty education goal for Indianapolis," 29 May 2018 Both Hulsey and one of his deputies were already credentialed and serving under Rader. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "AG ruling clears ways for weight-enforcement officers," 27 Mar. 2018 Would someone better credentialed or more fastidious dump out that water and boil fresh water to cook eggs? Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "A $50 (Kinda) Brunch You Can Make Even When You’re Extremely Hungover," 24 May 2018 Hines said there will be greater vetting in credentialing media in the future. Richard Obert, azcentral, "AIA bans 31-year-old twins from high school sports events after messages to teens," 3 May 2018 In all, 85 credentialed media members covered the ceremony. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Romeo Langford chooses Indiana; KU now recruiting Albany graduate transfer | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Yet Curl was still credentialed as a VIP on the pool deck at the 2012 Olympic trials. Sally Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "USOC can't just look ahead to better sex abuse prevention. It must face its failures.," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of credential

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for credential

Adjective

see credence

Noun

see credence

Verb

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credential

noun

English Language Learners Definition of credential

: a quality, skill, or experience that makes a person suited to do a job

: a document which shows that a person is qualified to do a particular job

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