- noun a bank that acts as an agent for other banks, especially foreign banks who have no local office
- A bank that provides services on behalf of another financial company or institution that cannot be physically present for a transaction. The bank acts as an agent or representative of this separate entity. The use of a correspondent bank is typically necessary when servicing a transaction originating in a foreign country. Correspondent banks are the typical agents used in Forex trading since these transactions, by definition, always involve foreign parties.