confidant

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noun con·fi·dant \ˈkän-fə-ˌdänt also -ˌdant, -dənt\

Definition of confidant

  1. :  one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially :  intimate

Examples of confidant in a sentence

  1. He is a trusted confidant of the president.

  2. <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 and Etymology of confidant

French confident, from Italian confidente, from confidente confident, trustworthy, from Latin confident-, confidens


First Known Use: 1646


CONFIDANT Defined for English Language Learners

confidant

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noun con·fi·dant \ˈkän-fə-ˌdänt also -ˌdant, -dənt\

Definition of confidant for English Language Learners

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



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