bona fide

adjective
bo·​na fide | \ ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce bona fide (audio) , ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də How to pronounce bona fide (audio) \

Definition of bona fide

1 : neither specious nor counterfeit : genuine has become a bona fide celebrity
2 : made with earnest intent : sincere a bona fide proposal
3 law : made in good faith without fraud or deceit a bona fide offer to buy a farm

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for bona fide

Synonyms

authentic, certifiable, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), real, right, sure-enough, true

Antonyms

bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for bona fide

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

Did You Know?

Bona fide means "in good faith" in Latin. When applied to business deals and the like, it stresses the absence of fraud or deception. A bona fide sale of securities is an entirely aboveboard transaction. Outside of business and law, bona fide implies mere sincerity and earnestness. A bona fide promise is one that the person has every intention of keeping. A bona fide proposal of marriage is one made by a suitor who isn't kidding around. Bona fide also has the noun form bona fides; when someone asks about someone else's bona fides, it usually means evidence of their qualifications or achievements.

Examples of bona fide in a Sentence

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.
See More

First Known Use of bona fide

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for bona fide

Latin, literally, in good faith

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bona fide

bona fide

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bona fide

: real or genuine
law : made or done in an honest and sincere way

bona fide

adjective
bo·​na fide | \ ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce bona fide (audio) , ˈbä-\

Kids Definition of bona fide

: genuine sense 1 I have a bona fide excuse.

bona fide

adjective
bo·​na fide | \ ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-nə-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də How to pronounce bona fide (audio) \

Legal Definition of bona fide

1a : characterized by good faith and lack of fraud or deceit a bona fide offer
b : valid under or in compliance with the law retirement incentives made part of a bona fide employee benefit plan
2 : made with or characterized by sincerity a bona fide belief
3 : being real or genuine bona fide residents

History and Etymology for bona fide

Latin, in good faith

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bona fide

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bona fide

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bona fide

Spanish Central: Translation of bona fide

Nglish: Translation of bona fide for Spanish Speakers

Comments on bona fide

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a usually brief trip or an expedition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!