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.
- 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
- Obs. authoritative
Origin of authenticMiddle English autentike ; from Old French autentique ; from Late Latin authenticus ; from Classical Greek authentikos, genuine ; from authent?s, one who does things himself ; from autos, self + -hent?s ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sen-, to prepare, achieve
- Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief: an authentic account by an eyewitness.
- Being so in fact; not fraudulent or counterfeit: an authentic medieval sword.
- Law Executed in a manner so as to produce legal effectiveness: 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 of authenticMiddle English autentik, from Old French autentique, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs, author, master : autos, self + -hentēs, accomplisher, achiever; akin to Attic Greek hanutein, to accomplish, variant of Greek anuein.
(comparative more authentic, superlative most authentic)
- Of the same origin as claimed; genuine.
- The experts confirmed it was an authentic signature.
- Conforming to reality and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.
- The report was completely authentic.
- an authentic writer; an authentic portrait; authentic information
- (music, of a Gregorian mode) Having the final as the lowest note of the mode.