Simple Definition of confidant
: a trusted friend you can talk to about personal and private things
Full Definition of confidant
: one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially : intimate
Examples of confidant in a sentence
He is a trusted confidant of the president.
<she's my confidant; I tell her everything without reservation>
Did You Know?
If you're confident of the trustworthiness of your confidants, you're inadvertently aware of the origins of the word confidant. It comes from the French noun confident, which goes back to the Italian adjective confidente, meaning "confident" or "trustworthy" and to the Latin verb confidere, meaning "to confide"—the root of which is fidere, meaning "to trust." Other descendants of confidere in English include confide, confidence,and confident, as well as confidential (which was formed from confidence).
Origin of confidant
French confident, from Italian confidente, from confidente confident, trustworthy, from Latin confident-, confidens
First Known Use: 1646
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