confidant

noun
con·fi·dant | \ˈkän-fə-ˌdänt 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for confidant

Synonyms

alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, 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.

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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

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This portrait of Kelly’s trajectory is based on interviews with 16 administration officials, outside advisers and presidential confidants, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to assess the chief of staff. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "'When you lose that power': How John Kelly faded as White House disciplinarian," 8 Apr. 2018 This portrait of Kelly's trajectory is based on interviews with 16 administration officials, outside advisers and presidential confidants, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to assess the chief of staff. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "'When you lose that power': How John Kelly faded as White House disciplinarian," 7 Apr. 2018 The Mueller investigation has reportedly reached Tom Barrack, one of President Trump’s only close friends and confidants. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller Team Has Interviewed Tom Barrack, a Close Friend of Trump," 5 May 2018 As the new bar owner, Phyllis will be a friend and confidant to Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) and her colleagues. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Tyne Daly joins the cast of CBS 'Murphy Brown' reboot," 19 Apr. 2018 Ed Helms plays the conscience of that play, the put-upon Joe Gargan; Jim Gaffigan portrays friend and confidant Paul Markham. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Chappaquiddick' review: Selling a tragedy, the Kennedy way," 5 Apr. 2018 Unlike Pruitt, who was a confidant of the president, Price had been on weak ground with Trump for other reasons. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price’s air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 Unlike Pruitt, who was a confidant of the president, Price had been on weak ground with Trump for other reasons. Amy Goldstein And Mark Berman, chicagotribune.com, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price's air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 Based on the biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, by John Guy, the film will star Gemma Chan as Bess of Hardwick, a confidant of Elizabeth's, in addition to Ronan and Robbie. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Margot Robbie is unrecognizable as Queen Elizabeth I.," 11 July 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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confidant

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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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