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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.
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. 2014.
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Examples from the web for correspondents
  • Scientists say quantum physics can provide a completely secure method of communication between two distant correspondents.
  • Best wishes to all my readers, friends and correspondents.
  • From the comments, one can infer that several correspondents should take another look at the metaphorical elephant's anatomy.
  • Closely related to the autobiography were the reports of newspaper correspondents and tourists.
  • It seems all of your correspondents are of the generation that followed mine.
  • Some royal correspondents believe an engagement could come by the end of this year.
  • Most writers try to amuse or entertain their correspondents.
  • Other correspondents have corrected mistakes in my article.
  • Foreign correspondents, if they are cautious enough, can still work in our country.
  • In many cases, my correspondents have requested anonymity because they have gone on to become productive members of society.
British Dictionary definitions for correspondents


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 correspondents



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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