WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
gen•u•ine /ˈdʒɛnyuɪn or, sometimes, -ˌaɪn/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. authentic;
    possessing the claimed character, quality, or origin;
    not counterfeit:genuine leather.
  2. free from pretending;
    sincere:She has genuine admiration for talent.
gen•u•ine•ly, adv. 
gen•u•ine•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
gen•u•ine  ( jenyo̅o̅ in),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit;
    real: genuine sympathy;
    a genuine antique.
  2. properly so called: a genuine case of smallpox.
  3. free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy;
    sincere: a genuine person.
  4. descended from the original stock;
    pure in breed: a genuine Celtic people.
gen u•ine•ly, adv. 
gen u•ine•ness, n. 
  • Latin genuīnus innate, natural = genu-, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1
  • 1590–1600
    • 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 ( jenyo̅o̅ in),USA pronunciation with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as ( jenyo̅o̅ 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.

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