- The definition of a credential is a specific qualification or achievement that shows you are qualified or it is a document or certificate proving your identity for a specific purpose.
- A master's degree or a certificate in business is an example of a credential.
- A government issued ID that allows you access into a secured area is an example of a credential.
Origin of credentialMiddle English credencial ; from Medieval Latin credentialis: see credence
- anything giving evidence that someone is entitled to or deserving of credit, confidence, etc.
- a document that serves as official proof of a person's position, authority, etc.; specif., letters of credence
- That which entitles one to confidence, credit, or authority.
- credentials Evidence or testimonials concerning one's right to credit, confidence, or authority: The new ambassador presented her credentials to the president.
transitive verbcre·den·tialed, cre·den·tial·ing, cre·den·tials Usage Problem
Origin of credentialFrom Medieval Latin crēdentiālis, giving authority, from crēdentia, trust; see credence. Usage Note: The use of the participle credentialed to refer to certified teachers and other professionals is well established (She became credentialed through a graduate program at a local college), but its more general use to mean “possessing professional or expert credentials” is still widely considered jargon. The sentence The board heard testimony from a number of credentialed witnesses was unacceptable to 85 percent of the Usage Panel in our 1988 survey and to 59 percent in our 2006 survey, indicating that although resistance to it is lessening, its use is still not broadly accepted.
- (chiefly in the plural) documentary evidence that a person has certain status or privileges
- May I see your credentials, please?
(third-person singular simple present credentials, present participle credentialing or credentialling, simple past and past participle credentialed or credentialled)
- to furnish with credentials
From Medieval Latin credentialis (“giving authority”), from credentia (“trust”)