noun \ˈfrend\

: 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

a :  one attached to another by affection or esteem
b :  acquaintance
a :  one that is not hostile
b :  one that is of the same nation, party, or group
:  one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
:  a favored companion
capitalized :  a member of a Christian sect that stresses Inner Light, rejects sacraments and an ordained ministry, and opposes war —called also Quaker
friend·less \ˈfren(d)-ləs\ adjective
friend·less·ness noun
be friends with
:  to have a friendship or friendly relationship with

Examples of FRIEND

  1. I'd like you to meet my friend.
  2. He's no friend of mine.
  3. … 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

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

Rhymes with FRIEND


verb \ˈfrend\

Definition of FRIEND

transitive verb
:  to act as the friend of :  befriend
:  to include (someone) in a list of designated friends on a person's social networking site

Origin of FRIEND

(see 1friend)
First Known Use: 13th century
FRIEND Defined for Kids


noun \ˈfrend\

Definition of FRIEND for Kids

:  a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another person
:  a person who is not an enemy <friend or foe>
:  a person who helps or supports something <She was a friend to environmental causes.>
friend·less \-ləs\ adjective
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