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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 Many Geo students have graduated high school having already earned an associate degrees or skill credential. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 Widmaier said credential requests for the U.S. Open had dropped to about 1,150 from a high of 1,500 a decade ago. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 1 June 2021 There’s also the question of how well various vaccine credential systems will work together and whether countries will recognize each others’ certificates. Kelvin Chan,, 26 May 2021 There's also the question of how well various vaccine credential systems will work together and whether countries will recognize each others' certificates. Kelvin Chan, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 There’s also the question of how well various vaccine credential systems will work together and whether countries will recognize each others’ certificates. NBC News, 26 May 2021 There's also the question of how well various vaccine credential systems will work together and whether countries will recognize each others' certificates. CBS News, 26 May 2021 Three trade organizations educate and credential managers: CAI, California Association of Community Managers (CACM), and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2021 Before the pandemic, Wheel had already developed a software platform that would vet, train and credential virtual care clinicians and match them with patients in real-time for other companies’ virtual care programs. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At a campaign kickoff event at Backyard Beer Garden in downtown Austin, supporters praised Bush as the future of the Republican Party in Texas and highlighted his support of Trump as a key credential. Ashley Killough, CNN, 2 June 2021 Today that credential-stealing hopscotching technique is common. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 20 May 2021 Newsom often cites his business expertise as a key credential in his ability to govern a state as complex as California, one of the most economically diverse states in the union. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 From Credly’s viewpoint, a credential is a third party claim on what an employee has done. Michael B. Arthur, Forbes, 16 May 2021 The White House said in March there were no plans for a universal federal vaccination database or a mandate for a single credential. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 More than a dozen initiatives are underway to develop a credential that could be stored on a smartphone or printed on paper, using a QR code. David Koenig, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Each Kid Reporter will receive a TIME For Kids Kid Reporter T-shirt, press credential, reporter’s notebook, and letter of congratulations., 29 Mar. 2021 An employee roster from 2018 showed fewer than 50% of Winners’ 12 teachers had the four-year college credential. Leslie Postal,, 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Attendees will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, television personnel, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams. Adam Baum,, 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


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6 Jun 2021

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“Credential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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