From Middle English credence, from Old French credence, from Medieval Latin crēdentia (“belief, faith”), from Latin crēdēns, present active participle of crēdō (“loan, confide in, trust, believe”). Compare French croyance, French créance, Italian credenza, Portuguese crença, Romanian credință, Spanish creencia.
- (uncountable) Acceptance of a belief or claim as true, especially on the basis of evidence.
- Based on the scientific data, I give credence to this hypothesis.
- (rare, uncountable) Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.
- He presented us with a letter of credence.
- (religion, countable) A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.
- (countable) A cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate on open shelves.
- Webster, Noah, “credence”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
- credence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “credence” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.