credential

adjective
cre·​den·​tial | \ kri-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce credential (audio) \

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

For accounts that require only a user name and password, hackers turn to free downloadable tools such as Sentry MBA or Hitman, known as credential stuffers. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Thieves Can Now Nab Your Data in a Few Minutes for a Few Bucks," 9 Dec. 2018 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

There are now four checkpoints along the trail to the summit, mandatory stops where a uniformed official records your passport information and confirms your guide’s credentials. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 Chandler pushes its tech credentials On Thursday, the Chandler City Council approved minor changes to the city’s logo and a new tagline as part of a rebranding effort launched earlier this year. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Chandler employees to use Waymo autonomous vehicles on the job," 1 July 2019 Doing so would give them greater control over prices in the secondary market and boost their sustainability credentials with millennial shoppers. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "The RealReal Could Be a Victim of Its Own Success," 28 June 2019 Lethbridge's signature is printed below, followed by her credentials. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Sends a Sweet Reply to Those Who Wished Him a Happy 98th Birthday," 28 June 2019 But candidates are trying to highlight their credentials as true champions on the issue, which polls show is among the highest priorities of likely Democratic primary and caucus voters. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 Democrats: Climate change comes off the backburner as White House hopefuls take on President Trump," 5 Sep. 2019 Democrats spent the run-up to the town halls burnishing their environmental credentials, with five candidates releasing in-depth proposals to slash carbon emissions. Elana Schor, BostonGlobe.com, "Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls," 5 Sep. 2019 Related Articles Democrats spent the run-up to the event burnishing their environmental credentials, with five candidates releasing in-depth proposals to slash carbon emissions. Ellen Knickmeyer, Twin Cities, "Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls," 4 Sep. 2019 Democrats spent the run-up to the event burnishing their environmental credentials, with five candidates releasing in-depth proposals to slash carbon emissions. Anchorage Daily News, "2020 Democratic candidates turn focus to climate change," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both league football operations and security work closely with the host team to ensure those credentialed to be on the field have a working function. Los Angeles Times, "Ask Farmer: How did the term ‘punter’ originate?," 8 Sep. 2019 At the start of the conference, not all 28 EU countries had been fully credentialed. National Geographic, "8 takeaways from the most important wildlife event you’ve never heard of," 30 Aug. 2019 Related Stories The deal would also require new charter school teachers to be credentialed, and that all current teachers earn credentials within five years. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California lawmakers, Newsom agree to major changes for charter schools," 28 Aug. 2019 Last month's All-Star Game in Las Vegas credentialed 41% more media members than in 2018 and 81% more than in 2017. Ben Strauss, courant.com, "The WNBA has craved mainstream attention. This season, it might be turning a corner.," 9 Aug. 2019 Roughly 1,000 media members were credentialed to cover the event, likely a record number. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Zion Williamson makes thrilling Summer League debut before earthquake hits. Michael Porter Jr. can only watch.," 5 July 2019 Renata Evans, who was properly credentialed for clubhouse access, said her ID was checked multiple times before she was allowed to enter the clubhouse. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Warren Evans writes on Facebook about 'disrespectful' employee at RMC," 29 June 2019 Vendors typically visit the stadium frequently to stock and fill concession and bathroom supplies, but they are credentialed and staffed by a Royals person. Robert A. Cronkleton And Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Woman allegedly wanders around Kauffman Stadium for a day, sets small fires," 6 June 2018 Some CPAs are up in arms about a move by their industry’s main trade group to allow people from outside their ranks to be credentialed to help companies value complex assets. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "CPAs Fight to Protect Part of Their Turf," 20 Aug. 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

see credence

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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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