[kri-den-shuh l]


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

Examples from the Web for credentialed

Contemporary Examples of credentialed

  • Then a little consortium of people in the psychedelic community—especially the most credentialed ones—presented their evidence.

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    Psychedelics Are Ready for a Comeback

    Abby Haglage

    September 8, 2014

  • The credentialed overclass centered in Washington and the universities despises people without elite educations.

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    The New Heat Center

    Michael Lind

    January 19, 2009

  • The press should have reported every time Sarah Palin refused to meet with credentialed members of the media.

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    Dear Journalists: Stop Screwing Up

    Douglas Warshaw

    November 11, 2008

Historical Examples of credentialed

British Dictionary definitions for credentialed



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 Formscredentialed, adjective

Word Origin for credential

C16: from Medieval Latin crēdentia credit, trust; see credence
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Word Origin and History for credentialed



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper