Definition of credential in English:

credential

noun

usually credentials
  • 1A qualification, achievement, personal quality, or aspect of a person's background, typically when used to indicate that they are suitable for something.

    ‘recruitment is based mainly on academic credentials’
    • ‘To this end, when writing up the results of their ethnographic work, authors play up their academic credentials and qualifications, their previous experience, and so on.’
    • ‘Dishonest managers commonly embellish their résumés by hyping their investment experience or academic credentials.’
    • ‘He had stellar academic credentials, a tremendous background, had succeeded at everything he had done.’
    • ‘His strident tone and lack of reasoned argument makes me curious about his academic credentials.’
    • ‘He began filling out a second document, entitled Personal Data Sheet, in which he was asked to spell out his academic credentials.’
    • ‘Some notions of quality may be captured based on the teachers' training credentials and teaching experience.’
    • ‘Then, give careful consideration to how your credentials and background stack up in the overall pool of people who hold that position.’
    • ‘Most job applications begin with a written overview of past work experience and credentials.’
    • ‘I have the right credentials and qualities to turn it around but unfortunately it's not going to happen’
    • ‘Have you heard about their background or their credentials?’
    • ‘His academic credentials are impressive and include a doctorate in economics and teaching stints at several universities.’
    • ‘They suspected that I, like many researchers previously, would utilize my study to obtain academic credentials and then abandon my work in the Arctic.’
    • ‘I had the academic credentials to pursue other paths.’
    • ‘I dare say the last thing you want to be doing here is comparing credentials and educational achievements.’
    • ‘Do we want academic credentials to matter in blogs?’
    • ‘It also has authorized more money for background checks so job applicants' academic credentials can be more thoroughly investigated.’
    • ‘The contributors are also of varied credentials and backgrounds.’
    • ‘Those with academic records below the class average earned much less than those with better academic credentials.’
    • ‘They are less concerned with academic credentials and affiliation, and more excited about my international approach to women's history.’
    • ‘With your credentials, your background and your contributions to photography, readers should have given you a little more credit than they did.’
    experience, record, history, past, training, education, grounding, knowledge
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    1. 1.1 A document or certificate proving a person's identity or qualifications.
      • ‘Quotas must not apply, and applications for visas, press credentials and other documentation requisite for their work should be approved promptly.’
      • ‘Experts say other tablets of its kind have been unearthed in many other ancient tombs and just like today's title deeds, they are credentials of land purchase and ownership.’
      • ‘While he's speaking, an RCMP officer in a black suit checks my press credentials menacingly.’
      • ‘Many of these had no credentials to indicate that they represented anybody but themselves.’
      • ‘Obviously, no one was reading carefully or checking credentials there.’
      • ‘Service Police, more than ever, need credentials to be easily identifiable to our own personnel, coalition forces and civilians.’
      • ‘The United States government is moving towards issuing single smart card identity credentials for all federal employees.’
      • ‘Checking out his credentials proved to be a difficult task.’
      • ‘Trusts which are anxious to show their governance credentials will identify innovators as low risk targets for attention.’
      • ‘Authentication credentials can then be maintained centrally and referenced by a whole host of platforms and applications.’
      documents, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides
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    2. 1.2 A letter of introduction given by a government to an ambassador before a new posting.
      • ‘Presenting her credentials to the president, the ambassador said she was the first American woman ambassador to South Africa.’
      • ‘This transpired as the incoming German ambassador presented his credentials to the president in Pretoria.’
      • ‘He presented his credentials to the President in the Oval Office on the morning of June 10.’
      • ‘It's only a month since I presented my credentials as Ambassador to President Purvanov.’
      • ‘Meanwhile ambassadors of five countries presented their credentials to the Bulgarian President.’
      • ‘Today the new Ambassador to London presented his credentials to the Queen.’
      • ‘The King had reintroduced the ceremonial horse and carriage and tails requirement for Ambassadors presenting their credentials.’
      • ‘Generally, these protections are given to persons holding letters of credentials from Foreign Ministers or other high-level authorisation.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin credentialis, from credentia (see credence). The original use was as an adjective in the sense ‘giving credence to, recommending’, frequently in credential letters or papers, hence credentials (mid 17th century).

Pronunciation

credential

/krəˈden(t)SHəl//krəˈdɛn(t)ʃəl/