[ kan-did ]
/ ˈkæn dɪd /



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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Examples from the Web for candid

British Dictionary definitions for candid


/ (ˈkændɪd) /


frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
without partiality; unbiased
unposed or informala candid photograph
  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



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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