gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən How to pronounce genuine (audio) , -(ˌ)win, nonstandard -ˌwīn How to pronounce genuine (audio) \

Definition of genuine

1a : actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character genuine vintage wines
b : actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author the signature is genuine
c : sincerely and honestly felt or experienced a deep and genuine love
d : actual, true a genuine improvement
2 : free from hypocrisy or pretense : sincere His apology seemed genuine.

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genuineness \ ˈjen-​yə-​wə(n)-​nəs How to pronounce genuineness (audio) \ noun

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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

How do you pronounce genuine?: Usage Guide

The objection which some commentators make to the pronunciation \ˈjen-yə-ˌwīn\ is perhaps occasioned by the fact that it is more frequent among those with less schooling. However, this variant is heard in the speech of cultured or highly educated speakers sufficiently frequently for it to be recognized as a widespread pronunciation at all social levels. This variant was recorded as early as 1890 and appears to be simply a long-standing spelling pronunciation.

Is genuineness the noun form of genuine?

Many people appear to look up the adjective genuine in this dictionary in an attempt to discover the noun form of the word. The closest the English language comes is the rather unwieldy genuineness, meaning “the quality or state of being genuine.” Some possible alternatives to genuineness include sincerity, honesty, integrity, and truthfulness.

Examples of genuine in a Sentence

But whatever else he is, he is the genuine article. A writer of one terrible book after another, but a writer nonetheless. — Dale Peck, New Republic, 1 July 2002 Having had two brothers, a sister and a brother-in-law die violently, he acquired a genuine identification with suffering, particularly that of what has come to be called the underclass. — George F. Will, New York Times Book Review, 24 May 1998 Like a poem, a genuine essay is made of language and character and mood and temperament and pluck and chance. — Cynthia Ozick, Atlantic, September 1998 There has been a genuine improvement in the economy in recent months. She showed a genuine interest in our work. He has always shown a genuine concern for poor people. a genuine desire to help others She seems to be a very genuine person.
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Recent Examples on the Web Many commenters on the video didn't feel like the statement was genuine and was, instead, coming from Kellyanne. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Following Claims Made on TikTok, Claudia Conway Says She Doesn’t Know Anything About the President’s Health," 7 Oct. 2020 Wood and metal trim are genuine, a sign Acura’s been studying the competition. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Acura TLX rides new platform to become brand’s best sedan in decades (review)," 3 Oct. 2020 South Korea's main opposition People Power Party said on Saturday Kim's apology was not genuine and called on the Moon government to refer the case to the International Criminal Court. NBC News, "South Korea suggests unprecedented joint probe with North Korea into official's death," 26 Sep. 2020 Wood and metal trim are genuine, a sign Acura’s been studying the competition. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Acura TLX rides new platform to become brand’s best sedan in decades," 24 Sep. 2020 However, that doesn’t mean their intentions are genuine or that their actions and agenda will remain consistent. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins social-impact group makes sure team backs up their video with action | Commentary," 18 Sep. 2020 Da’Vonne was not genuine and was maybe just for show. Dalton Ross,, "Bayleigh Dayton on the double standard for Black players on Big Brother: All-Stars," 11 Sep. 2020 If a man smiles and shakes your hand before pulling a gun on you, the initial feigned friendliness may not have been genuine. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "A Misleading Attempt to Bolster the ‘Mostly Peaceful’ Riots Narrative," 8 Sep. 2020 Even President Trump jumped on board, retweeting the suggestion that the CDC had updated its records to show that only 6% of US deaths linked to COVID-19 were genuine. Claire Gillespie,, "The CDC's 6% COVID-19 Deaths Stat Is Causing Confusion on Social Media—Here Are the Facts," 2 Sep. 2020

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

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First Known Use of genuine

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for genuine

Latin genuinus innate, genuine; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin

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The first known use of genuine was circa 1639

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13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Genuine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce genuine (audio) How to pronounce genuine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of genuine

: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest


gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən How to pronounce genuine (audio) \

Kids Definition of genuine

1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine gold
2 : sincere and honest She showed genuine interest.

Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb



Legal Definition of genuine

: actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character specifically : free of forgery or counterfeiting — see also genuine issue at issue

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genuinely adverb
genuineness noun

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