Simple Definition of bona fide
: real or genuine
law : made or done in an honest and sincere way
Examples of bona fide
She has established her position as a bona fide celebrity.
His latest record was a bona fide hit.
They have a bona fide claim for the loss.
Origin of bona fide
Latin, literally, in good faith
First Known Use: 1632
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