[ kreed-ns ]
/ ˈkrid ns /


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).

Nearby words

  1. creature feature,
  2. creaturely,
  3. creb,
  4. creche,
  5. cred,
  6. credence table,
  7. credendum,
  8. credent,
  9. credential,
  10. credentialism

Origin of credence

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence

Related formsnon·cre·dence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for credence


/ (ˈkriːdəns) /


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

Word Origin for credence

C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe

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Word Origin and History for credence



mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).

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