bona fide

Something bona fide is the real deal, the real McCoy, genuine — it's not a fake or a counterfeit.

We talk about things being bona fide when we're interested in how real or genuine they are. A counterfeit hundred dollar bill is not bona fide. When you earn your college diploma you're a bona fide college graduate. If you spend your whole life studying music, you're a bona fide musician. The opposite of bona fide is fake. We also say people make a bona fide effort: they're making a true, sincere attempt to do something.

Definitions of bona fide

adj not counterfeit or copied

“a bona fide manuscript”
authentic, unquestionable, veritable
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit

adj undertaken in good faith

“a bona fide offer”
open and genuine; not deceitful

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