authentic

adjective
au·​then·​tic | \ ə-ˈthen-tik How to pronounce authentic (audio) , ȯ- \

Definition of authentic

1a : worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact paints an authentic picture of our society
b : conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse
c : made or done the same way as an original authentic Mexican fare
2 : not false or imitation : real, actual an authentic cockney accent
3 : true to one's own personality, spirit, or character is sincere and authentic with no pretensions
4a of a church mode : ranging upward from the keynote — compare plagal sense 1
b of a cadence : progressing from the dominant chord to the tonic — compare plagal sense 2
5 obsolete : authoritative

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from authentic

authentically \ ə-​ˈthen-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce authentically (audio) , ȯ-​ \ adverb
authenticity \ ˌȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce authenticity (audio) , -​thən-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for authentic

authentic, genuine, bona fide mean being actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy as according with fact an authentic account of the perilous journey ; it can also stress painstaking or faithful imitation of an original. an authentic reproduction authentic Vietnamese cuisine genuine implies actual character not counterfeited, imitated, or adulterated genuine piety genuine maple syrup ; it also connotes definite origin from a source. a genuine Mark Twain autograph bona fide implies good faith and sincerity of intention. a bona fide offer for the stock

Examples of authentic in a Sentence

In 1879 expert opinion was unanimous in rejecting Sautuola's timid suggestion that the ceiling paintings in his family's cave were made by the same prehistoric hunters whose stone and bone artifacts he had been collecting from the cave floor. He was accused of forgery and not until 1902, when discovery of similar paintings in several French caves supported Sautuola's claim, did experts agree that they were authentic relics of Paleolithic times. — William H. McNeill, New York Review, 19 Oct. 2006 "If I did authentic Japanese food here, no one would understand," says Masaharu Morimoto, whose idiosyncratic creations dazzle as many as 300 diners a night at his eponymous Philadelphia restaurant. "Anything I do here is going to be an Americanization of Japanese cuisine." The ponytailed Morimoto of Iron Chef fame has been expanding the boundaries of Japanese cuisine his entire career, starting at his own sushi bar in Hiroshima, Japan … — Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2005 But before we could leave, the old guy had to have his pint with the regulars at the Regulator. Part of his routine. All the staff were from Ireland (the real Ireland), and all the walls were paneled with authentic oak. — Michael Kandel, Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2004 According to Lia, the document seems authentic, though she emphasizes that it contains no specific attack orders … — Aparisim Ghosh, Time, 22 Mar. 2004 We saw authentic examples of ancient Roman sculpture. Experts have confirmed that the signature on the letter is authentic. The witness provided an authentic record of what actually took place. She prepared a very authentic Mexican meal. The building is an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, people like Freya Gilbert, 55, a trans woman from Benton Harbor, are eagerly looking forward to get their identification cards changed to reflect their authentic selves. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "New Michigan rules allow transgender people to easily change gender on driver's license," 18 Nov. 2019 If the script feels authentic, that's because some of the actual people depicted in the film weighed in. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Making of 'Ford v Ferrari': Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Silly Fights and Real-Life Racing Effects," 15 Nov. 2019 And the two stylists understand the importance of a haircut that helps a person look and feel like their authentic self — for some, hair can symbolize a transition or serve as an important outward expression of identity. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "This non-gendered “hair space” in RiNo is creating community through haircuts," 14 Nov. 2019 Where to stay Everything in Hallstatt has authentic, old-world charm and the accommodations are no exception. Danielle Page, National Geographic, "Why is this Bronze Age town so popular today?," 4 Nov. 2019 Translucent accents light up as authentic fire truck sounds add to the excitement. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "20 gifts kids will want from the 2019 Amazon Toy List," 1 Nov. 2019 Québec offers experiences that are strong and authentic, and the beauty of our territory goes far beyond the landscape. Outside Online, "Québec Is a Winter Adventure Wonderland," 2 Oct. 2019 There are not nearly enough authentic, evolving source relationships being made with the on-the-ground community members who constitute the five million Natives living in the United States and the sovereign nations within it. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Who Gets to Say If Warren’s Apology to Cherokee Nation Is Enough?," 30 Aug. 2019 To keep them engaged, an account must feel authentic, and that means sharing more than just your new decorative mirror. New York Times, "Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?," 9 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'authentic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of authentic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for authentic

Middle English autentik, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs perpetrator, master, from aut- + -hentēs (akin to Greek anyein to accomplish, Sanskrit sanoti he gains)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about authentic

Time Traveler for authentic

Time Traveler

The first known use of authentic was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for authentic

Last Updated

27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Authentic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authentic. Accessed 9 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for authentic

authentic

adjective
How to pronounce authentic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of authentic

: real or genuine : not copied or false
: true and accurate
: made to be or look just like an original

authentic

adjective
au·​then·​tic | \ ə-ˈthen-tik How to pronounce authentic (audio) , ȯ- \

Kids Definition of authentic

: being really what it seems to be : genuine an authentic signature

Other Words from authentic

authentically \ -​i-​kə-​lē \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on authentic

What made you want to look up authentic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

contradictory or incongruous words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!