Bona

Bona

[boh-nuh, -nah]
noun
2.
a peak in S Alaska, in the Wrangell Mountains. 16,421 feet (5005 meters).
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bona fides

[boh-nah fee-des; English boh-nuh fahy-deez or especially for 2, boh-nuh-fahydz, bon-uh]
noun
1.
(italics) Latin. (used with a singular verb) good faith; absence of fraud or deceit; the state of being exactly as claims or appearances indicate: The bona fides of this contract is open to question. Compare mala fides.
2.
(sometimes italics) (used with a plural verb) the official papers, documents, or other items that prove authenticity, legitimacy, etc., as of a person or enterprise; credentials: All our bona fides are on file with the SEC.
bona fide, bona fides (see usage note at the current entry).


Bona fides is originally a Latin phrase meaning “good faith.” Fides is singular in Latin and has been used as such in English. At least partially because its -es ending makes bona fides look and sound like a plural, it has developed the plural sense “credentials.” This plural use, although criticized by some usage guides, has been increasing in recent decades in all varieties of speech and writing.
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Bona (ˈbəʊnə)
 
n
Mount Bona a mountain in S Alaska, in the Wrangell Mountains. Height: 5005 m (16 420 ft)

bona fides (ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdiːz)
 
n
law good faith; honest intention
 
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bona fides
by 1838, erroneous English pluralization of bona fide, as though it were a noun meaning "guarantee of good faith."
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