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cre·​den·​tial kri-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce credential (audio)
: warranting credit or confidence
used chiefly in the phrase credential letters


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


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credentialed also credentialled; credentialing also credentialling

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun My experience as a manager is my strongest credential.
Recent Examples on the Web
According to a PayPal notice of security incident, attackers gained unauthorized access to the accounts of thousands of users between December 6 and December 8, 2022, using a credential-stuffing attack. WIRED, 21 Jan. 2023 The programs were poorly connected to college classes or work credential programs. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 23 Dec. 2022 The department also covered fees for credential exams. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 23 Dec. 2022 This story has been updated to clarify credential information. Dallas News, 19 Dec. 2022 The funds were initially limited to basic instruction, excluding high school credential programs. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 14 Dec. 2022 Apparently, it’s all about staying abreast of the most in-demand skills and wrapping them into your credential set. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 14 Dec. 2022 College-going rates and the percentage of high school graduates earning a credential rose in the first year of the program – but those results have fallen off over time. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2022 About 30 of those students went to four-year universities, but the scholarships cover a range of pathways, including community colleges and credential programs. Nick Fouriezos, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022
Strict federal standards prompt states to push adult students to get a high school credential as fast as possible. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 23 Dec. 2022 Most of the teachers at Kaleidoscope have a child development associate credential or a college education. Dallas News, 24 June 2022 Angasan found that her personal experience with addiction — once a deep source of shame and anger — has been a credential of sorts in her advocacy work. Anchorage Daily News, 6 Dec. 2022 For most of her life, Davis worked as a cashier at places like Popeyes and Kmart, which sometimes required applicants to have a high school credential. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 14 Dec. 2022 Clearly, the four-year college degree is not working for the vast majority of Americans: 39 million adults have started four-year programs but have not earned a credential. Aaron Rasmussen, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2022 Demesma is a former Narbonne player in the final stages of getting a teaching credential. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2022 An article on Friday about a new study finding that flaring, the burning of unwanted methane gas at industrial sites, doesn’t always work as intended attributed incorrectly an academic credential to Riley Duren. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2022 The former South Carolina legislator and governor as well as Trump's U.N. ambassador, Haley also touted her favorite campaign credential. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2022
Mary Sandy at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing said the agency must credential about 20,000 teachers a year to keep up with the staffing needs of districts across the state. Joe Hong, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 As attendees began lining up on the stairs lined with black candles by 10 p.m., the crowds were promptly credentialed and let inside. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, 27 Jan. 2020 TruNews was also credentialed for the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 22 Jan. 2020 The only constant is that a reporter or credentialed expert will authoritatively assert a theory as a fact and demonize those who disagree — only to be proven wrong tomorrow. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 28 Apr. 2020 The problem with the raid, however, was that the department sought the warrants without fully informing the judge that Carmody was a reporter even though he had been credentialed by the San Francisco Fire Department for 16 years. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2020 Only lawmakers, staff, credentialed members of the press and those with official business are permitted to access the facilities. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2020 Employees, authorized visitors and credentialed Capitol Hill staff will continue to have access to the facilities, the library said. NBC News, 12 Mar. 2020 In addition, attendance at all UO home athletic events will be restricted primarily to participating student-athletes, essential personnel and credentialed media. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History



see credence


see credence


see credence

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of credential was in the 15th century

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“Credential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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