bona fide

or bona-fide

[ boh-nuh fahyd, bon-uh; boh-nuh fahy-dee ]
/ ˈboʊ nə ˌfaɪd, ˈbɒn ə; ˈboʊ nə ˈfaɪ di /

adjective

made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud: a bona fide statement of intent to sell.
authentic; true: a bona fide sample of Lincoln's handwriting.

Nearby words

  1. bon vivant,
  2. bon voyage,
  3. bon, cape,
  4. bona,
  5. bona dea,
  6. bona fides,
  7. bona vacantia,
  8. bonaci,
  9. bonadoxin,
  10. bonafide

Origin of bona fide

First recorded in 1935–45, bona fide is from the Latin word bonā fidē

Can be confusedbona fide bona fides (see usage note at bona fides)

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British Dictionary definitions for bona fide

bona fide

adjective (ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdɪ)

real or genuinea bona fide manuscript
undertaken in good faitha bona fide agreement

noun (ˈbɔːnə fɑɪd)

Irish informal a public house licensed to remain open after normal hours to serve bona fide travellers

Word Origin for bona fide

C16: from Latin

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Word Origin and History for bona fide

bona fide

1540s, Latin, literally "in good faith," ablative of bona fides "good faith" (see faith). Originally used as an adverb, later (18c.) also as an adjective. The opposite is mala fide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for bona fide

bona fide

[ (boh-nuh feyed, boh-nuh feye-dee, bon-uh feyed) ]

Genuine: “The offer was a bona fide business opportunity: they really meant to carry it through.” From Latin, meaning “in good faith.”

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