candid

Definitions

General English

Media Studies

  • adjective referring to a photograph or film that was taken without the subject knowing or having the opportunity to prepare or pose
  • noun an unposed and informal photograph of a person or group

Military

  • noun
    (written as Candid)
    a NATO name for Soviet-designed IL-76 transport aircraft

Origin & History of “candid”

Originally, candid meant simply ‘white’; its current sense ‘frank’ developed metaphorically via ‘pure’ and ‘unbiased’. English acquired the word, probably through French candide, from Latin candidum, a derivative of the verb candēre ‘be white, glow’ (which is related to English candle, incandescent, and incense). The derived noun candour is 18th-century in English. Candida, the fungus which causes the disease thrush, got its name from being ‘white’. And in ancient Rome, people who were standing for election wore white togas; they were thus called candidāti, whence English candidate (17th c.).
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