- belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
- something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
- Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
- Furniture. credenza(def 1).
Origin of credence
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1. credit, faith, confidence.
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- a small sideboard, originally one at which food was tasted for poison before serving
- Christianity a small table or ledge on which the bread, wine, etc, are placed before being consecrated in the Eucharist
- acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of othersI cannot give credence to his account
- something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
- short for credence table
C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credence table
mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).
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