genuine article

[ jen-yoo-in ahr-ti-kuhl, jen-yoo-ahyn ]
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  1. the genuine article, a person or thing that is an excellent, authentic, or true example of their type, rather than just an imitation: Don’t buy mass-produced T-shirts that weren’t really tie-dyed—we’ve got the genuine article!When it comes to real-life heroes, Lieutenant Shapiro is the genuine article.

Origin of genuine article

First recorded in 1790–95

pronunciation note For genuine article

See genuine.

Words Nearby genuine article Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use genuine article in a sentence

  • They've got eyes for every little detail, and they know the difference between the genuine article and an imitation.

  • The above despatch has the appearance of the genuine article—but I am inclined to think it a clever counterfeit.

    Nurse and Spy in the Union Army | S. Emma E. Edmonds
  • One need not blame the Italian for this, though when he himself eats of it, or gives it you to eat, it is the genuine article.