Definition of genuine in US English:

genuine

adjective

  • 1Truly what something is said to be; authentic.

    ‘each book is bound in genuine leather’
    • ‘I want to be able to go over to Brick Lane in the East End to eat a real, genuine London bagel.’
    • ‘Nothing could prove beyond all possible dispute that the tapes are genuine or fakes.’
    • ‘They were hidden in a legitimate cargo which was taken to a genuine warehouse on delivery.’
    • ‘You mentioned in one interview that genuine democracy requires accurate and truthful information.’
    • ‘While their legitimacy is being disputed in some quarters, to many Pollock authorities the paintings appear genuine.’
    • ‘The Real Madrid boss is one of the genuine enigmas of modern football.’
    • ‘It is thought that during the transaction a genuine computer is swapped for the dummy package.’
    • ‘It advised traders to be careful that they only sold genuine licensed products.’
    • ‘But the real question is: is the torn document genuine?’
    • ‘Latham is showing us all that the next election will be a genuine race, a real battle.’
    • ‘Performed with such brilliance, they aptly recreate genuine folk music of the era.’
    • ‘I gave my dad who is a genuine handyman a leatherman tool which he loves and still wears on his belt today.’
    • ‘The news station and this reporter fully believed the documents were genuine.’
    authentic, real, actual, original, pukka, bona fide, true, veritable, unfeigned, unadulterated, unalloyed
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    1. 1.1 (of a person, emotion, or action) sincere.
      ‘a genuine attempt to delegate authority’
      ‘she had no doubts as to whether Tom was genuine’
      • ‘There was no malice intended, only genuine interest.’
      • ‘As Singaporeans viewed the dreadful pictures from the scene of the hotel bombing there was only genuine concern and sympathy.’
      • ‘He seemed a really genuine guy and sincerely appreciated that we had been following the tour.’
      • ‘It was a fair offer and a genuine attempt by the company to resolve the disputes.’
      • ‘His smile was so genuine Pearl couldn't help but smile herself.’
      • ‘In Johns case, the genuine affection that people had for him shines through.’
      • ‘He laughed again, but this time it seemed more genuine.’
      • ‘Sorry to a bit all over the place but I am feeling genuine distress and anger at all of this.’
      • ‘This record shines because there's a genuine love of its influences driving it along.’
      • ‘All this smacks more of a seedy circulation battle than a genuine attempt to help.’
      • ‘The meeting is open to all with a genuine interest in having a say in the future of their community.’
      • ‘It is a shame that governments do not have the same genuine compassion shown by ordinary citizens.’
      • ‘I began putting on shocked faces, trying to decipher which one seemed more genuine.’
      • ‘Rachel's slight smile was more genuine this time.’
      • ‘It proves that beneath the showmanship, there is real talent and a deep well of genuine feeling.’
      • ‘He said the defendants had lied to police, lied to the court and demonstrated little genuine remorse.’
      • ‘There was genuine appreciation for what is happening here and we now have a great deal to shout about.’
      • ‘I am absolutely genuine in my desire to assist if I can.’
      • ‘It was a genuine pleasure to hear a master talk so eloquently about his work.’
      • ‘The fear she was feeling was now genuine, for she knew she'd screwed up and was in trouble.’
      sincere, honest, truthful, unhypocritical, meaning what one says, straightforward, direct, frank, candid, open
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘natural or proper’): from Latin genuinus, from genu ‘knee’ (with reference to the Roman custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn child by placing it on his knee); later associated with genus ‘birth, race, stock’.

Pronunciation

genuine

/ˈjenyo͞oən//ˈdʒɛnjuən/