Definition of candid in English:


Syllabification: can·did
Pronunciation: /ˈkandid


  • 2(Of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge.
    More example sentences
    • Peyton's work may be said to simulate a posed fashion shot, his a candid photo.
    • The idea is inspired by a character in the play who takes candid photographs from inside a box.
    • Karen mouthed silently as she snapped a few candid photographs of the two women.
    unposed, informal, uncontrived, impromptu, natural



More example sentences
  • They speak frankly and candidly about sex, drugs, politics, crime and punishment.
  • Never in the media monarchy was a president of the republic questioned so directly and candidly.
  • The nurses speak openly and candidly about their love of nursing, and the difficulties they face in their jobs.


More example sentences
  • Her photographs of Einstein were rejected by Life in the 1950s for precisely this quality of seeming candidness and familiarity.
  • People experiment with online personas and often demonstrate a freedom of expression and candidness they feel unable to reveal in daily life.
  • My candidness towards the subject has brought many reactions and those received via e-mail are great to share.


mid 17th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin candidus 'white'. Subsequent early senses were 'pure, innocent', 'unbiased', and 'free from malice', hence 'frank' (late 17th cent). Compare with candor.

More definitions of candid

Definition of candid in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: məˈlôrd
used to address an English nobleman