Meaning of CORRESPONDENCE in English


ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷dən(t)s noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French correspondence, correspondance, from Medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondent-, correspondens + Latin -ia


a. : the state or condition of agreement of things or of one thing with another : relation of congruity : resemblance or similarity of detail

Joyce elaborates a point-to-point correspondence between the spiritual movements of a little Dublin city-dweller and the mythical wanderings of Ulysses — Francis Fergusson

b. : an instance or point of agreement, similarity, or analogy

many correspondences between the two plays

c. mathematics : definite association of certain members of one aggregate with each member of a second and of certain members of the second with each member of the first


a. archaic : relations between persons or groups : social or business relations or communication

b. : the communication between persons by an exchange of letters

a long correspondence between the two friends

also : any communication by letter

application should be made by correspondence or in person at our offices

c. : the letters exchanged by correspondents

publication of the Holmes-Laski correspondence

d. : the news, information, or opinion contributed by a correspondent to a newspaper or periodical

e. : study or instruction carried on by written communication between student and a correspondence school

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.