- Candid is defined as someone or something said which is fair, honest or said in a casual way.
A person truthfully telling why their marriage ended is an example of candid.
- The definition of candid is informal or natural.
- Photos taken of babies are often examples of candid photography.
- A photograph that isn't posed is an example of a candid photograph.
- free from prejudice or bias; fair; just; impartial
- very honest or frank in what one says or writes
- unposed and informal: a candid photograph
Origin of candidClassical Latin candidus, white, pure, sincere ; from candere: see candescent
- a. Characterized by openness and sincerity of expression; unreservedly straightforward: In private, I gave them my candid opinion. See Synonyms at frank1.b. Not obscuring or omitting anything unpleasant, embarrassing, or negative: “Joyce's &ellipsis; candid descriptions of normal bodily functions shocked his Anglo-American readers” (Belinda Rathbone).
- Not posed or rehearsed: a candid snapshot.
Origin of candidLatin candidus, glowing, white, pure, guileless, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more candid, superlative most candid)
- Impartial and free from prejudice.
- he knew not where to look for faithful advice, efficient aid, or candid judgement. — Washington Irving — The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus
- Straightforward, open and sincere.
- My candid opinion was that it was all rubbish! — Jules Verne — A Journey To The Center Of The Earth
- Not posed or rehearsed.
- will the introduction of supplementary flash or flood intrude on a candid picture situation or ruin the mood? — Popular Photography (2002)
From Latin candidus (“white”).