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  1. frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.
  2. free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward: a candid opinion.
  3. informal; unposed: a candid photo.
  4. honest; impartial: a candid mind.
  5. Archaic. white.
  6. Archaic. clear; pure.
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  1. an unposed photograph.
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Origin of candid

1620–30; (< French candide) < Latin candidus shining white, equivalent to cand(ēre) to be shining white (akin to incense1) + -idus -id4
Related formscan·did·ly, adverbcan·did·ness, nounpseu·do·can·did, adjectivepseu·do·can·did·ly, adverbqua·si-can·did, adjectivequa·si-can·did·ly, adverbsub·can·did, adjectivesub·can·did·ly, adverbsub·can·did·ness, nounsu·per·can·did, adjectivesu·per·can·did·ly, adverbsu·per·can·did·ness, nounun·can·did, adjectiveun·can·did·ly, adverbun·can·did·ness, noun


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  1. frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
  2. without partiality; unbiased
  3. unposed or informala candid photograph
  4. obsolete
    1. white
    2. clear or pure
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Derived Formscandidly, adverbcandidness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin candidus white, from candēre to be white
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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.

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