Meaning of CORRESPONDENCE in English


/ ˌkɒrəˈspɒndəns; NAmE ˌkɔːrəˈspɑːn-; ˌkɑː-/ noun


[ U ] correspondence (with sb) the letters a person sends and receives :

personal / private correspondence

The editor welcomes correspondence from readers on any subject.

the correspondence column / page (= in a newspaper)


[ U , C ] correspondence (with sb) the activity of writing letters :

I refused to enter into any correspondence (= to exchange letters) with him about it.

We have been in correspondence for months.

We kept up a correspondence for many years.


[ C , U ] correspondence (between A and B) a connection between two things; the fact of two things being similar :

There is a close correspondence between the two extracts.



late Middle English : via Old French from medieval Latin correspondentia , from correspondent- corresponding from the verb correspondere , from cor- together + Latin respondere , from re- again + spondere to pledge.

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