WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
possessing the claimed character, quality, or origin;
not counterfeit:genuine leather.
- free from pretending;
sincere:She has genuine admiration for talent.
gen•u•ine•ness, n. [uncountable]
- possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit;
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.
gen ′u•ine•ness, n.
- Latin genuīnus innate, natural = genu-, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See authentic.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.
- Two pronunciations of genuine occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is
( jen′yo̅o̅ in),USA pronunciation with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as
( jen′yo̅o̅ in),USA pronunciation 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.