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Definition of credential

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



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


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

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Synonyms for credential

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of credential in a Sentence

Noun My experience as a manager is my strongest credential.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just four in ten students who attend a community college receive any sort of credential within six years. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Attendees and guests ages 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of picking up any festival credential to attend all AFF events. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021 There is no certificate or credential to be bestowed. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 23 Sep. 2021 Account takeover, powered by credential-stuffing fraud, is on the rise. Kevin Gosschalk, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 In Kentucky, Aaron Thompson, president of the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education, last fall tweeted an infographic showing 89% of Kentuckians on unemployment lacked a college degree or credential. Laura Pappano, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 No license or credential is required in California to manage associations, so ask about the manager’s reputation and credentials. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Phishing tests should also go beyond testing to ensure people don’t click links to include credential harvesting, malicious attachments and macros in documents. Stu Sjouwerman, Forbes, 17 May 2021 From the outset, organizers decided to treat every credential-holder as if they weren’t vaccinated. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is a recognizable credential in the Certified Financial Planner™, or CFP®, designation that seems to have ascended to the standard within the profession. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The deadline for when U.S. travelers will need to present a RealID credential to board a domestic flight is moving from October 2021 to May 2023. Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Responsibly exercising your rights and fulfilling your duties is your highest calling as a citizen — and there’s no credential for that. Dominic Pino, National Review, 18 Sep. 2021 Further, no staff members hold the credential of a CFA charter, another marker of professionalism. Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday there will be no federal mandate requiring every American to obtain a vaccination credential and there will be no centralized universal federal vaccinations database. CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 The Biden administration has said that there will be no federal vaccination database or mandate that requires U.S. citizens to obtain a vaccination credential — and most Americans don’t want that, either. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 Parker, who now has a job in human resources, worked as a librarian for years; Arriaga, who has a bachelor’s in English and is now studying to get a teaching credential, read 42 books last year. al, 3 Aug. 2021 Parker, who now has a job in human resources, worked as a librarian for years; Arriaga, who has a bachelor’s in English and is now studying to get a teaching credential, read 42 books last year. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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First Known Use of credential


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for credential


see credence


see credence


see credence

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16 Oct 2021

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“Credential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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