- The definition of genuine is authentic, real and honest.
- An example of genuine is an actual piece of leather, as opposed to a piece of plastic which is textured to look and feel like leather.
- An example of genuine is a person who is always sincere.
genuine definition by Webster's New World
- of the original stock; purebred
- really being what it is said to be or coming from the alleged source or origin; not counterfeit or artificial; real; true; authentic
- sincere and frank; honest and forthright
Origin: Classical Latin genuinus, origin, originally , inborn, native, hence authentic ; from base of gignere, to be born: see genus
genuine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather.
- Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic. See Synonyms at authentic.
- a. Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion.b. Actual; real: a genuine dilemma.
- Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere.
- Being of pure or original stock: a genuine Hawaiian.
Origin: Latin genuīnus, natural, possibly from alteration of ingenuus, native, freeborn; see ingenuous.
- genˈu·ine·ly adverb
- genˈu·ine·ness noun