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[kawr-uh-spon-duh nt, kor-]
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  1. a person who communicates by letters.
  2. 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.
  3. a person who contributes a letter or letters to a newspaper, magazine, etc.
  4. a person or firm that has regular business relations with another, especially at a distance.
  5. a thing that corresponds to something else.
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  1. consistent, similar, or analogous; corresponding.
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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
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Related Words for correspondent

contributor, writer, journalist, reporter, freelancer, gazetteer, stringer, epistler

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British Dictionary definitions for correspondent


  1. a person who communicates by letter or by letters
  2. a person employed by a newspaper, etc, to report on a special subject or to send reports from a foreign country
  3. a person or firm that has regular business relations with another, esp one in a different part of the country or abroad
  4. something that corresponds to another
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  1. 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).

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"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]
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