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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

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 Stacked-credential earners increased by 3.9%, or about 37,800 students, the largest one-year growth since 2012 (+3.9%). Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The phone responds with a credential, which Attacker 2 promptly captures and relays back to Attacker 1. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 May 2022 Ask about credentials, and make sure YOUR manager holds a credential (not just anyone in the office). Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there would be no federal database or single-credential mandate. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2021 David Chigos in 1971, National University has offered undergraduate courses and credential programs for adult learners with an increasing focus on online classes over the last decade. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2022 Lacking a credential, Grossfeld received a permit from Mayor Menino for a hydraulic cherry picker lift on Lansdowne Street. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 There are prestigious schools that dealers flock to in search of talent, and that offer M.F.A.s (at various price points) and even Ph.D.s to hone thinking and credential would-be teachers. New York Times, 6 July 2022 Company researchers further noticed that files used to install the malware on victim computers loaded other credential stealers, including ones called RedLine and Vidar. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This will help the state achieve ambitious goals of two million North Carolinians have a high-quality credential or a postsecondary degree by 2030. Tom Vander Ark, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Unlike elementary schools where an educator has one credential to teach all subjects, high schools need teachers with specialized subject credentials. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 During Oakley’s tenure, the number of students achieving a college credential increased by 32%, and those earning an associate degree for transfer more than doubled, according to system data. Teresa Watanabestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 In addition to Windward Life Care, there are four other senior care organizations in San Diego County who have received the SAGECare credential. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 But these days, fancy MBA degrees have somewhat outshone the CPA credential. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 6 July 2022 Alzheimer’s San Diego — an organization that provides dementia education, support and resources to families in San Diego — first received its bronze SAGECare credential in 2016, which was renewed last year. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 Two of the other nine have the All-American credential needed to double up, too, by eventually earning enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame – Georgia defensive lineman Richard Seymour and LSU guard Alan Faneca. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 June 2022 By relying on phones and other devices users already own, anything that uses the multi-device FIDO credential—including Apple's Passkeys—should be more accessible. Max Eddy, PCMAG, 7 June 2022 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 See More

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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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“Credential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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