- 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
To supply with credentials: “trained, professional, credentialed child care” ( Lee Salk )
Origin of credential From
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.
- of, pertaining to or entitling to credit or authority
- (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”)