candid

[kan-did]

adjective

noun

an unposed photograph.

Nearby words

  1. candescent,
  2. candescently,
  3. candia,
  4. candice,
  5. candicidin,
  6. candid camera,
  7. candida,
  8. candidacy,
  9. candidate,
  10. candidate species

Origin of candid

1620–30; (< French candide) < Latin candidus shining white, equivalent to cand(ēre) to be shining white (akin to incense1) + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for candid

candid

adjective

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

Word Origin for candid

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

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Word Origin and History for candid

candid

adj.

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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