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Definition of "bona fide" [bo•na fi•de]

  • Made or carried out in good faith; sincere: a bona fide offer. (adjective)
  • Authentic; genuine: a bona fide Rembrandt. See Synonyms at authentic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bona fide" in a sentence
  • "By now, Dante, Tronne, Tater, Bodeem, and I were a bona fide band of brothers."
  • "If what you are looking for is bona fide qualitative equality of opportunity, to live up to Aycock's idea, to every child there should be reserved "the right to have the opportunity to burgeon out all that there is within him.""
  • "'Pudding' was the code word agreed upon so the boy from Yonkers would know when he was having a bona fide adventure."