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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

Examples of credential in a Sentence

Noun My experience as a manager is my strongest credential.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By far the most common tool for credential dumping was created in 2012 by a French security researcher named Benjamin Delpy and is known as Mimikatz. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Hacker Lexicon: What Is Credential Dumping?," 7 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thoroughly checking credentials when hiring a professional remodeler will better ensure that your home remodeling project will be completed successfully. Stacy Argo |, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Credentials and why they matter," 7 Sep. 2019 The celebrated ex-general may be the only one who can compete with Netanyahu’s own security credentials and gain the trust of a society that feels psychologically and geographically under siege. Washington Post, "Netanyahu and Gantz face off in repeat Israeli elections," 18 Sep. 2019 Crosby said Pendergrass has the experience and credentials to expand API’s efforts to communicate and promote what the organization says are its conservative values. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama Policy Institute hires former Ivey communications director," 16 Sep. 2019 This exploit may result in the last site credentials filled by LastPass to be exposed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Password-exposing bug purged from LastPass extensions," 16 Sep. 2019 Britney lands just three miles away at Brighton High, a floundering city school where fewer than 30 percent of graduates earn a college degree or other credential within six years of graduating., "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 Schneider said administrative enforcement action will be taken against the barge owner's credentials, but that process could take a year or longer. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "What caused the Ohio River barge crash last Christmas? Coast Guard reveals findings," 6 Sep. 2019 General admission tickets are $50 in advance; VIG (Very Important Goat) tickets are $75 and include admission at noon and limited-edition field credentials. Leeanne Griffin,, "Here’s where you’ll find Connecticut’s fall beer festivals from now to mid-November," 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,, "California lawmakers, Newsom agree to major changes for charter schools," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are 130,000 people who will attend the two games this weekend, with nearly 400 credentialed reporters, with the games televised in 170 countries. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Here comes the Yankees and Red Sox, but for now, London doesn’t seem to notice," 27 June 2019 Carmody has also been credentialed by the San Francisco Police Department as a member of the press. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A judge signed a warrant to search a journalist. But police didn’t tell her the whole story.," 23 July 2019 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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of credential


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for credential


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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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