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[kawr-uh-spon-duh nt, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒn dənt, ˌkɒr-/
a person who communicates by letters.
a person employed by a news agency, periodical, television network, etc., to gather, report, or contribute news, articles, and the like regularly from a distant place.
a person who contributes a letter or letters to a newspaper, magazine, etc.
a person or firm that has regular business relations with another, especially at a distance.
a thing that corresponds to something else.
consistent, similar, or analogous; corresponding.
Origin of correspondent
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin corrēspondent- (stem of corrēspondēns), present participle of corrēspondēre to correspond; see -ent
Related forms
correspondently, adverb
noncorrespondent, adjective, noun
precorrespondent, adjective
Can be confused
corespondent, correspondent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for correspondent
  • In fact, this correspondent admits to having habitually left an encrypted laptop running in sleep mode in the past.
  • One correspondent has pointed out that the research skills of a graduate student should enable them to work out their likely fate.
  • Moreover, advice givers are supposed to answer only the question that the correspondent asks.
  • They are not only placed in a full light themselves, but may throw light on their correspondent ideas, which lie in obscurity.
  • Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm.
  • The monthly interest payments will be automatically charged to our correspondent bank account.
  • They underwrite loans for a loan correspondent as their sponsor.
British Dictionary definitions for correspondent


a person who communicates by letter or by letters
a person employed by a newspaper, etc, to report on a special subject or to send reports from a foreign country
a person or firm that has regular business relations with another, esp one in a different part of the country or abroad
something that corresponds to another
similar or analogous
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Word Origin and History for correspondent

early 15c., "having an analogous relationship" (to), a sense taken up since 19c. by corresponding; from Medieval Latin correspondentem, present participle of correspondere (see correspond).


"one who communicates with another by letters," 1620s, from correspondent (adj.). The newspaper sense is from 1711.

THE life of a newspaper correspondent, as may naturally be supposed, is one of alternate cloud and sunshine--one day basking in an Andalusian balcony, playing a rubber at the club on the off-nights of the Opera, being very musical when the handsome Prima Donna sings, and very light fantastic toeish when the lively Prima Ballerina dances; another day roughing it over the Balkan, amid sleet and snow, or starving at the tail of an ill-conditioned army, and receiving bullets instead of billets-doux. ["New Monthly Magazine," vol. 95, 1852, p.284]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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