[rek-uh-men-dey-shuh n, -muh n-]


an act of recommending.
a letter or the like recommending a person or thing.
representation in favor of a person or thing.
anything that serves to recommend a person or thing, or induce acceptance or favor.

Origin of recommendation

1400–50; late Middle English recommendacion < Medieval Latin recommendātiōn- (stem of recommendātiō), equivalent to recommendāt(us) (past participle of recommendāre to recommend; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·rec·om·men·da·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. See advice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recommendation

Contemporary Examples of recommendation

Historical Examples of recommendation

  • "I shan't need any recommendation from your father," said Robert.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Be very particular to deserve my custom and recommendation, David.'

  • What was the peculiarity about the mine which constituted its recommendation to investors?

  • And now tell me, what higher letters of recommendation have they to men than this folly?

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • The Chinese and Japanese eat it, but that isn't much of a recommendation to a European.

British Dictionary definitions for recommendation



the act of recommending
something that recommends, esp a letter presenting someone as suitable for a job, etc
something that is recommended, such as a course of action
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Word Origin and History for recommendation

early 15c., "action of commending oneself to another," from Old French recommendation (Modern French recommandation), from Medieval Latin recommendationem (nominative recommendatio), noun of action from past participle stem of recommendare (see recommend). Meaning "act of recommending (someone or something) as worthy" is from 1570s. Letter of recommendation is from late 15c.

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