[kree-doh, krey-]

noun, plural cre·dos.

(often initial capital letter) the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed.
(often initial capital letter) a musical setting of the creed, usually of the Nicene Creed.
any creed or formula of belief.

Origin of credo

1150–1200; Middle English < Latin: literally, I believe; first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds in Latin

Synonyms for credo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for credo

creed, philosophy, tenet, code

Examples from the Web for credo

Contemporary Examples of credo

Historical Examples of credo

  • Christians we are,” said Pharaoh, “and will say our Paternoster and Credo with any man.

    In the Days of Drake

    J. S. Fletcher

  • But what will you do if it become necessary to teach him his credo?

    Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry

    Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon

  • The only thing of which they are sure is that they are sure of nothing and their credo is 'I do not believe.'

  • Credo, he will tell you, is ‘I believe’; it is to have faith in God and in the word of God.

  • They listened to the Gospel and the Credo, and watched the movements of the priest.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for credo


noun plural -dos

any formal or authorized statement of beliefs, principles, or opinions


noun plural -dos

the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed
a musical setting of the Creed

Word Origin for Credo

C12: from Latin, literally: I believe; first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds
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Word Origin and History for credo

late 12c., from Latin, literally "I believe," first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, first person singular present indicative of credere "to believe," perhaps from PIE compound *kerd-dhe- "to believe," literally "to put one's heart" (cf. Old Irish cretim, Irish creidim, Welsh credu "I believe," Sanskrit śrad-dhā- "faith"). The nativized form is creed. General sense of "formula or statement of belief" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper