possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real: genuine sympathy; a genuine antique.
properly so called: a genuine case of smallpox.
free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere: a genuine person.
descended from the original stock; pure in breed: a genuine Celtic people.

Origin of genuine

1590–1600; < Latin genuīnus innate, natural, equivalent to genu, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1
Related formsgen·u·ine·ly, adverbgen·u·ine·ness, nounnon·gen·u·ine, adjectivenon·gen·u·ine·ly, adverbnon·gen·u·ine·ness, nounqua·si-gen·u·ine, adjectivequa·si-gen·u·ine·ly, adverbun·gen·u·ine, adjectiveun·gen·u·ine·ly, adverbun·gen·u·ine·ness, noun

Synonyms for genuine

1. See authentic. 3. true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.

Pronunciation note

Two pronunciations of genuine occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is [jen-yoo-in] /ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn/, with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as [jen-yoo-ahyn] /ˈdʒɛn yuˌaɪn/, with a secondary stress on the final syllable, which has the vowel of sign. The latter pronunciation is sometimes used deliberately by educated speakers, as for emphasis or humorous effect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for genuineness

Contemporary Examples of genuineness

  • Cyrus somehow escaped the showbiz trap of manufactured personality and preserved a genuineness that is very hard to fake.

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    Miley Cyrus: Genius?

    Gina Piccalo

    March 31, 2010

  • I think there is a genuineness and lack of calculation with them both.

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    Dear Malia and Sasha...

    Rachel Syme

    November 12, 2008

Historical Examples of genuineness

  • The proprietors of this paper guarantee the genuineness of this offer.

  • The genuineness of this fragment has been established beyond doubt.

    The Issahar Artifacts

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • On the whole, more may be said in favour of the genuineness of the Hippias than against it.

  • These palpable errors and absurdities are absolutely irreconcilable with their genuineness.

  • There was no mistaking the genuineness of the appeal, and Reg frankly gave him his hand.

British Dictionary definitions for genuineness



not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
not pretending; frank; sincere
being of authentic or original stock
Derived Formsgenuinely, adverbgenuineness, noun

Word Origin for genuine

C16: from Latin genuīnus inborn, hence (in Late Latin) authentic, from gignere to produce
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Word Origin and History for genuineness



1590s, "natural, not acquired," from Latin genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps influenced in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." [Alternative etymology is from Latin genu "knee," from a supposed ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.] Meaning "really proceeding from its reputed source" is from 1660s. Related: Genuinely; genuineness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper