Pronunciation: (kri-den'shul),[key] —n. 1. Usually, credentials. 2. evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form: Only those with the proper credentials are admitted. 3. anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
—v.t. to grant credentials to, esp. educational and professional ones: She has been credentialed to teach math.
—adj. providing the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.