Meaning of “genuine” in the English Dictionary

"genuine" in British English

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uk /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn/ us /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn/

B2 If something is genuine, it is real and exactly what it appears to be:

genuine leather
If it is a genuine Michelangelo drawing, it will sell for millions.

C1 If people or emotions are genuine, they are honest and sincere:

He's a very genuine person.
Machiko looked at me with genuine surprise - "Are you really going?" she said.

More examples

  • He has demonstrated a genuine interest in the project.
  • A number of forged works of art have been sold as genuine.
  • In an indiscreet moment, the president let his genuine opinions be known.
  • The police are trying to sift out the genuine warnings from all the hoax calls they have received.
  • I'm not surprised the offer wasn't genuine, it sounded too good to be true.
adverb uk /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪ us /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪ


  • Most politicians genuinely believe they are incorruptible.
  • He is genuinely motivated by a desire to help people.
  • He made all the right noises about my audition but I couldn't tell if he was genuinely impressed.
  • Most of the unemployed are not work-shy and genuinely do want jobs.
  • She was genuinely pleased when he arrived.

B2 really:

I'm genuinely sorry for what I said.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn.nəs/ us /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn.nəs/

(Definition of “genuine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"genuine" in American English

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us /ˈdʒen·ju·ən/

being what something or someone appears or claims to be; real, not false:

genuine leather
a genuine masterpiece
She showed genuine (= sincere) sorrow at the news.
noun [ U ] us /ˈdʒen·ju·ən·nəs/

No one doubts the genuineness of your concern.

(Definition of “genuine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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