Credence Cre"dence (kr[=e]"dens), n. [LL. credentia, fr. L. credens, -entis, p. pr. of credere to trust, believe: cf. OF. credence. See {Creed}, and cf. {Credent}, {Creance}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Reliance of the mind on evidence of facts derived from other sources than personal knowledge; belief; credit; confidence. [1913 Webster]

To give credence to the Scripture miracles. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

An assertion which might easily find credence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. That which gives a claim to credit, belief, or confidence; as, a letter of credence. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eccl.) The small table by the side of the altar or communion table, on which the bread and wine are placed before being consecrated. [1913 Webster]

4. A cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate, and consisting chiefly of open shelves for that purpose. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.