Definition of correspondent in US English:



  • 1A person who writes letters to a person or a newspaper, especially on a regular basis.

    ‘she wasn't much of a correspondent’
    • ‘Besides, he has always had a million correspondents, some rather famous!’
    • ‘She was also apparently a regular correspondent - though whether he wrote as often to her is unknown.’
    • ‘The collection contains, in addition to Cicero's own, letters from a variety of correspondents to him.’
    • ‘The correspondents take pride in their wordsmanship and don't mind twirling it.’
    • ‘I suggested that my correspondent should think about writing to me with something a little more sensible.’
    • ‘Berlin was an inveterate correspondent, living during the last great flourishing of letter writing.’
    • ‘Many of my correspondents wrote to tell me they could retire now if they made that much per house.’
    • ‘In the letters pages correspondents discuss some unresolved questions in prehospital emergency care.’
    • ‘If the correspondent is a teenager, the letter gets moved to the top of the pile.’
    • ‘Mail came from all over the world, and correspondents included several noted writers.’
    • ‘We've also had concerned correspondents in France baffled over the identity of our mystery poet.’
    • ‘After leaving Rome Galileo remained in contact with Clavius by correspondence and Guidobaldo del Monte was also a regular correspondent.’
    • ‘For Duncan, as for his correspondents, the letter was a vital medium of communication.’
    • ‘His correspondence contains letters to and from correspondents in New England.’
    • ‘In your submission, does disclosing the letter identify the correspondent?’
    • ‘The archive has very few of Oakeshott's own letters in reply to his correspondents.’
    • ‘Most correspondents conclude their letters with a forename or initials.’
    • ‘She was a regular correspondent who was devoted to her favourite entertainers.’
    • ‘The following week, a separate correspondent wrote to say that he also had hair sticking up at the crown of his head.’
    • ‘I love letters, too; I think I would write more letters, if I had a regular correspondent.’
    letter writer, penfriend, pen pal
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    1. 1.1 A person employed to report for a newspaper or broadcasting organization, typically on a particular subject or from a particular country.
      ‘a White House correspondent’
      • ‘He has also written as a correspondent for numerous magazines both abroad and in the United States.’
      • ‘Now that kind of phenomenon I think is a basic corruption of the idea of the independence of the foreign correspondents.’
      • ‘Perhaps this is due to the death of the old-fashioned foreign correspondent.’
      • ‘During the 1890s he became Australian correspondent for several London newspapers.’
      • ‘CBS also uses its web site as a place where its on-air correspondents can write longer pieces.’
      • ‘He was one of the BBC's longest-serving newscasters and a veteran foreign correspondent.’
      • ‘And our correspondents are telling us that the situation has become fairly routine.’
      • ‘Most recently he was the Beijing correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review.’
      • ‘He has been a foreign correspondent for 20 years with a ringside seat at many major international events.’
      • ‘She's covered the day-to-day workings of the White House longer than any other correspondent.’
      • ‘As you know, he was one of the great foreign correspondents, print or broadcast, at any time.’
      • ‘In the past four months there's been more pressure on foreign correspondents than almost ever before.’
      • ‘He then went on to become the athletics correspondent for The Observer and ended up as its sports editor.’
      • ‘There were no foreign correspondents on staff, so the paper relied on wire copy.’
      • ‘Our correspondents have filed from all around the world on the stories that made headlines in their regions.’
      • ‘It reminded you of the days when newspapers had specialist industrial correspondents to handle disputes like this.’
      • ‘Maybe they're reluctant to divulge to us what they divulge to correspondents from other networks.’
      • ‘I remember having lunch with a foreign correspondent for a major newspaper in the early 1990s.’
      • ‘She has been a TV news correspondent, a foreign documentaries presenter and writer, and a newspaper columnist.’
      • ‘In Germany in 1932, Reuters had one chief correspondent, and one full-time assistant.’
      reporter, journalist, columnist, writer, contributor, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newsman, newswoman, commentator, chronicler
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  • Corresponding.

    • ‘However, correspondent payment can involve payment between two banks in the same jurisdiction, if payment is to be in foreign currency.’
    corresponding, equivalent, comparable, parallel, matching, related, similar, analogous, commensurate
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Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French correspondant or medieval Latin correspondent- ‘corresponding’, from the verb correspondere (see correspond).