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

Ultimately, in Kavanaugh, Trump chose not just an unabashed conservative candidate likely to please his base but one who appealed to him for other reasons, as well: personal chemistry, Ivy League credentials and a compelling personal story. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Ultimately, in Kavanaugh, Trump chose not just an unabashed conservative candidate likely to please his base but one who appealed to him for other reasons, as well: personal chemistry, Ivy League credentials and a compelling personal story. Ashley Parker And Robert Costa, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Trump's sometimes wavering decision on Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience, having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Felicia Sonmez, latimes.com, "How key senators reacted to Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 Crowley has been in office for nearly 20 years and had impressive liberal credentials and more money than God. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "How Democrats can win by losing a Supreme Court fight with Trump," 30 June 2018 But getting moved to the front row was a significant promotion, one that should boost Hammon’s already impressive credentials. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Predicting the NBA’s offseason, Becky Hammon’s future," 29 June 2018 Rikamanu, which is designed to steal access credentials and other sensitive data; Infostealer. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "China-based hackers burrow inside satellite, defense, and telecoms firms," 20 June 2018 Mecklenburg County's supplement already adds 15 to 19 percent to teachers' state pay, depending on the level of experience and credentials. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "County officials want to give CMS teachers a raise. Can they really do that?," 14 June 2018 The results would lead to credentials and a steady job. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The Trump Administration has often taken an outwardly hostile stature toward the press that is credentialed to cover it, but the press generally has access to daily briefings and conversations with officials. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Trump Is Threatening to 'Take Away' Reporters' Credentials. He Told TIME He Wouldn't Do That," 9 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

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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