Etymology
Advertisement

candid (adj.)

1620s, "white, bright," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to shine." In English, metaphoric extension to "frank, honest, sincere" first recorded 1670s (compare French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, "unposed, informal" 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of candid

candid (adj.)
characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion;
I gave them my candid opinion
Synonyms: blunt / forthright / frank / free-spoken / outspoken / plainspoken / point-blank / straight-from-the-shoulder
candid (adj.)
informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared;
a candid interview
a candid photograph
candid (adj.)
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness;
his candid eyes
Synonyms: open / heart-to-heart
From wordnet.princeton.edu