- Usually credentials. evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form: Only those with the proper credentials are admitted.
- anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
- to grant credentials to, especially educational and professional ones: She has been credentialed to teach math.
- providing the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
Origin of credential
Examples from the Web for credential
At one point in time, there was a code of conduct: creed and credential.CeeLo and Goodie Mob on Their Comeback, Kanye West’s ‘Emotional Problems,’ More
August 13, 2013
Students with more experience do better--but need the credential less.Don't Go to Business School!
January 9, 2013
Especially to the extent that this helps drive a lot of additional spending on said credential.
Now, of course, I don't think that education is only a credential.
The credential of having a lot of Washington, D.C., experience is not “a calling card” among voters any more.How Mitt Romney Can Defeat Rick Santorum for GOP Nomination
February 15, 2012
The only credential he could produce was the testimony of his whole life.End of the Tether
I have every credential to prove my extraordinary announcement.Clair de Lune
Somebody said he was in the hall a moment ago, on a Ripton credential.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
But the youth had not undertaken to deliver that credential, and he never did so.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The unuttered utterance is his credential, to be restored to the Bestower of it.In Accordance with the Evidence
- something that entitles a person to confidence, authority, etc
- (plural) a letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer's identity or competence
- entitling one to confidence, authority, etc
Word Origin and History for credential
"that which entitles to credit," 1756, probably a back-formation from credentials. Earlier in English as an adjective, "confirming, corroborating" (late 15c.). As a verb, "provide with credentials," by 1828 (implied in dredentialed).