- frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.
- free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward: a candid opinion.
- informal; unposed: a candid photo.
- honest; impartial: a candid mind.
- Archaic. white.
- Archaic. clear; pure.
- an unposed photograph.
- frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
- without partiality; unbiased
- unposed or informala candid photograph
- clear or pure
1620s, “white,” from Latin candidum “white; pure; sincere, honest, upright,” from candere “to shine,” from PIE root *kand- “to glow, to shine” (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to “frank” first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide “open, frank, ingenuous, sincere”). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.