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

Researchers at McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team have discovered that credentials for systems a major international airport are being sold on the dark web for just $10. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Hackers caught selling access to airport security systems for $10," 11 July 2018 Trump passed over finalists that included transplanted Kentuckian Amul Thapar, who experts say lacked the long conservative track record of some of his competitors and has credentials that aren't quite as sterling. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "President Trump passes over Kentuckian Amul Thapar for Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 The attacks used carefully crafted spearphishing emails to trick professors and other university affiliates into clicking on malicious links and entering their network login credentials. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far," 9 July 2018 In April 2018, it was revealed that a 2014 survey app that required Facebook login credentials allowed the survey creator, Aleksandr Kogan, and his team access to their friends' public profile data. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "In nearly 500 pages of answers, Facebook stonewalls some senators’ questions," 16 June 2018 According to the alert, hackers have been scanning devices broadly on the internet and attempting to trick them into giving up login credentials, or trying default passwords, which then allow the hackers to control the devices. Tal Kopan And Jessica Schneider, CNN, "US, UK issue joint warning on Russian hackers," 16 Apr. 2018 Hackers use a variety of techniques to steal login credentials from unsuspecting victims. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here's How Much Your Stolen Apple ID Login Costs on the Dark Web," 7 Mar. 2018 His Hall of Fame credentials will be discussed in exhaustion over the next several years. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley plans to retire at end of the 2018 season," 13 July 2018 For all of its green energy credentials, California has long been one of the country’s biggest oil-producing states. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 City of Phoenix: Anyone who registers to volunteer with youth sports is background checked following the National Recreation and Park Association guidelines for credentialing volunteers. Alexis Egeland, azcentral, "Are your child's coaches background checked? Not always," 10 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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