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

Definition of confidant

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

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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.

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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 Faced with a mounting internal crisis, LaPierre enlisted a new right-hand man, who eventually overtook and replaced his longtime contractor-confidant, Angus McQueen. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who succeeded Odierno as the top overall commander in Iraq in 2010, called him a confidant, a friend and a powerful example. Robert Burns,, 10 Oct. 2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who succeeded Odierno as the top overall commander in Iraq in 2010, called him a confidant, a friend and a powerful example. Robert Burns, ajc, 10 Oct. 2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who succeeded Odierno as the top overall commander in Iraq in 2010, called him a confidant, a friend and a powerful example., 10 Oct. 2021 One of the first speakers of tonight's RNC event is expected to be Charlie Kirk, the 26-year-old conservative darling who is a Trump family confidant and the head of Turning Point USA, which is devoted to attracting and energizing young voters. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2020 In November 2020, that key confidant, former lawmaker Michael McClain, and three others were charged. Jason Meisner,, 14 Dec. 2021 The 54-page manuscript, which goes on sale Tuesday, was written jointly in Zurich by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and Michele Besso -- a Swiss engineer and Einstein's collaborator, lifelong friend and confidant. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Powell did not talk about it much, but his friend and confidant Lawrence Wilkerson did. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Confidant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of confidant

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

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