Simple Definition of friend
: a person who you like and enjoy being with
: a person who helps or supports someone or something (such as a cause or charity)
Full Definition of friend
2 a : one that is not hostile b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group
3 : one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
4 : a favored companion
5 capitalized : a member of a Christian sect that stresses Inner Light, rejects sacraments and an ordained ministry, and opposes war —called also Quaker
Examples of friend
… she … got a job, made friends and managed to write a novel that hit the best-seller lists and stayed there … —Garrison Keillor, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2006
Over the last couple of years I have experienced moments of disbelief when I meet my friends in public. They look older than I think they should. —Alice Munro, In the Stacks, 2002
Never had a friend like that before or since. Never laughed so hard in my life as I did with Manny. —Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997
I'd like you to meet my friend.
He's no friend of mine.
Origin of friend
Middle English frend, from Old English frēond; akin to Old High German friunt friend, Old English frēon to love, frēo free
First Known Use: before 12th century
FRIEND Defined for Kids
Definition of friend
1 : a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another person
2 : a person who is not an enemy <friend or foe>
3 : a person who helps or supports something <She was a friend to environmental causes.>
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