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

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 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

When a good friend becomes at risk of losing his police badge, Danny decides to help him out—but the good deed might have serious consequences, causing Danny to lose his own credentials. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Next Week's 'Blue Bloods' Shows Erin and Frank Reagan Clash in Most Intense Episode Yet," 9 Nov. 2018 Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, stressed his credentials of public service. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic candidates for governor lay out plans at forum in Milwaukee," 18 June 2018 Now's a good time to call to mind that the Trump campaign also revoked the press credentials of the Washington Post during the election, in addition to other outlets, so there is a precedent here. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: And Now, Your Weekly Michael Cohen Update," 13 May 2018 Trump has long been critical of the news media, but taking away the credentials of White House reporters who cover him would take his animus to a new level. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump suggests yanking press credentials from 'Fake News' media," 9 May 2018 Clarence Goins of Fayetteville is also in the race, which has focused on the Christian conservative credentials of Harris and Pittenger and which candidate is more closely aligned with [President Trump]. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Races to watch in West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina primaries," 8 May 2018 Williams also listed the extensive credentials of police officers who are working on an active shooter training seminar. Michael Gonzalez, Post-Tribune, "Old and new issues crop up at Portage council," 9 Mar. 2018 In Arizona, teachers who participate in a statewide strike are at risk of losing their teaching credentials and jobs. Kaila White, azcentral, "Arizona teachers wear red, talk strike amid frustration over low wages," 7 Mar. 2018 On paper, Mike Raisor has the credentials of a superintendent. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Mike Raisor says his experience is what's needed at JCPS, not Marty Pollio's popularity," 2 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vendors typically visit the stadium frequently to stock and fill concession and bathroom supplies, but they are credentialed and staffed by a Royals person. Robert A. Cronkleton And Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Woman allegedly wanders around Kauffman Stadium for a day, sets small fires," 6 June 2018 Some CPAs are up in arms about a move by their industry’s main trade group to allow people from outside their ranks to be credentialed to help companies value complex assets. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "CPAs Fight to Protect Part of Their Turf," 20 Aug. 2018 The Italian owner cut his teeth working at the Italian-run Kestè on Bleecker Street, so the Neapolitan pizzas bubbling in Sottocasa are, to say the least, credentialed. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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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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