[ kri-den-shuh l ]
/ krɪˈdɛn ʃəl /


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.

verb (used with object), cre·den·tialed, cre·den·tial·ing or especially British cre·den·tialled, cre·den·tial·ling.

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

1425–75; late Middle English credencial < Medieval Latin crēdenti(a) credence + -al1

Related forms

un·cre·den·tialed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for credential


/ (krɪˈdɛnʃəl) /


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

Derived Forms

credentialed, adjective

Word Origin for credential

C16: from Medieval Latin crēdentia credit, trust; see credence
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