- frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.
- free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward: a candid opinion.
- informal; unposed: a candid photo.
- honest; impartial: a candid mind.
- Archaic. white.
- Archaic. clear; pure.
- an unposed photograph.
Origin of candid
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for candid
Even though we were running late, Scott was jovial and candid in his conversation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
In a candid interview, she compares the brutality of life in North Korea to the Holocaust.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
His candid remarks included his thoughts about Asian women, and his teammate Randall Simon, whom he described as a “fat monkey.”Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next
June 3, 2014
Apart from Molly, he is most candid with Williams, allowing himself to show a weaker side.Elia Kazan Was a Brilliant, Needy Pen Pal
April 30, 2014
In a candid interview with The Daily Beast, Prepon put all the rumors to rest.Orange is the New Black’s Laura Prepon on the Return of Alex Vause and Tom Cruise Dating Rumors
April 22, 2014
For the first time Kingozi's careless, candid stare narrowed to a focus.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Who could be so brutal as to blame so amiable, so candid a creature?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
In short, to be candid with you—old Mr. Palmer is coming to-day, you know.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
She tells a simple story, in a candid and respectful manner.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
To effect a change of ownership with the candid concomitance of a brass band.The Devil's Dictionary
- frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
- without partiality; unbiased
- unposed or informala candid photograph
- clear or pure
Word Origin and History for candid
1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.