[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. correspondence course,
  2. correspondence principle,
  3. correspondence school,
  4. correspondence theory,
  5. correspondency,
  6. correspondent bank,
  7. corresponding,
  8. corresponding angles,
  9. correspondingly,
  10. corresponsive

Origin of correspondent

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin corrēspondent- (stem of corrēspondēns), present participle of corrēspondēre to correspond; see -ent

Related formscor·re·spond·ent·ly, adverbnon·cor·res·pond·ent, adjective, nounpre·cor·re·spond·ent, adjective

Can be confusedcorespondent correspondent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for correspondent


/ (ˌkɒrɪˈspɒndənt) /


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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