confidant

noun
con·​fi·​dant | \ ˈkän-fə-ˌdänt also -ˌdant How to pronounce confidant (audio) , -dənt\

Definition of confidant

: one to whom secrets are entrusted especially : intimate He is a trusted confidant of the president.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for confidant

Synonyms

alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, pal

Antonyms

enemy, foe

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Is it confident or confidant? (Or is it confidante?)

If you find yourself unsure whether you should choose confident or confidant don’t feel bad; confidant comes to English from the French word confident, and when the word first entered our language it was often spelled that way, rather than as confidant. The difference is quite simple: confidant is a noun (meaning "a person in whom you confide things"), and confident is an adjective (defined as “having confidence”). You may well be confident in your confidant, but you would not be confidant in your confident. Although this distinction has not always been observed by writers, confidante is generally used for a female confidant. The word confidant is more frequently used to describe a man, but it may be applied to either gender.

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).

Examples of confidant in a Sentence

He is a trusted confidant of the president. she's my confidant; I tell her everything without reservation

Recent Examples on the Web

Shane Paul McGhie as Landon Gibson: Tessa's closest friend and confidant. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "After" Starring Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin," 1 Apr. 2019 It is run by Emanuel and close confidant and top campaign donor Michael Sacks, the CEO of investment firm GCM Grosvenor who did not attend. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 Paul is a client but also a confidant, and Nuchow wondered if his friend was overreacting to another postseason disappointment. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "After Lob City Dysfunction, Chris Paul Seizes Second Shot at Superstar Marriage," 24 Jan. 2018 During that phoner on Fox, the president rushed to distance himself from his personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen. NBC News, "Meet the Press -April 29, 2018," 29 Apr. 2018 Pogo is a talking chimpanzee who is also Sir Hargreeves' closest confidant. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Umbrella Academy" and Their Characters," 26 Feb. 2019 Here's why: There is no doubt that Frank was a close confidant of Hoffa, someone who Hoffa trusted. Eric Shawn, Fox News, "Jimmy Hoffa investigation: Frank Sheeran and blood evidence found in the case," 30 July 2018 Peter Thiel, the venture capitalist and early Facebook investor who is a confidant and supporter of President Trump, has also bet big on bitcoin. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Steve Bannon’s post-Breitbart project is bitcoin because of course it is," 14 June 2018 Ri was thought to be a confidant of Kim’s father, the late leader Kim Jong Il. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "North Korea replaces three top military leaders," 4 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confidant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of confidant

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confidant

borrowed from French confident, borrowed from Italian confidente, noun derivative of confidente "trusting, having trust in," borrowed from Latin confīdent-, confīdens, present participle of confīdere "to put one's trust in, have confidence in" — more at confide

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The first known use of confidant was in 1646

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confidant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confidant

: a trusted friend you can talk to about personal and private things

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