- The definition of authentic is something that is original or true and not a copy of anything else.
A painting that was actually created by Monet is an example of a painting that is authentic.
authentic definition by Webster's New World
- that can be believed or accepted; trustworthy; reliable: an authentic news report
- that is in fact as represented; genuine; real: an authentic antique
- legally attested or executed, as a deed, affidavit, etc.
- true to its type; conforming to an original in style, methods, etc.: authentic Japanese cooking
- Obsolete authoritative
Origin: Middle English autentike ; from Old French autentique ; from Late Latin authenticus ; from Classical Greek authentikos, genuine ; from authentēs, one who does things himself ; from autos, self plush -hentēs ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sen-, to prepare, achieve
- authentically adverb
authentic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief: an authentic account by an eyewitness.
- Having a claimed and verifiable origin or authorship; not counterfeit or copied: an authentic medieval sword.
- Law Executed with due process: an authentic deed.
- Music a. Of, relating to, or being a medieval mode having a range from its final tone to the octave above it.b. Of, relating to, or being a cadence with the dominant chord immediately preceding the tonic chord.
- Obsolete Authoritative.
Origin: Middle English autentik, from Old French autentique, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs, author.
- au·thenˈti·cal·ly adverb