Definition of confidant
: one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially : intimate He is a trusted confidant of the president.
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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 of confidant from the Web
Christopher's closest confidant was his nanny, Olive Rand, who was with him for more than 8 years.
Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and serves as one of the president’s top White House confidants, almost bought American Media Inc., the company that owns the Enquirer, back in 2014.
Edgerrin James, the running back Portis succeeded at Miami, and now a longtime confidant, supplies common sense.
Supporters of President Donald Trump floated the idea Monday that Trump should fire Mueller, and Chris Ruddy, a Trump confidant, told reporters after leaving the White House yesterday that Trump was considering doing just that.
On the agenda at a six-hour board meeting on Sunday was a possible leave of absence for CEO Travis Kalanick; Kalanick confidant and head of business, Emil Michael, is leaving the company.
Ella Purnell, as the prime minister’s earnest new secretary, and Richard Durden, as Field Marshal — and Churchill confidant — Jan Smuts, provide memorable support.
The pair, who are both confidants of President Donald Trump, sought high-level meetings with U.S. and Turkish officials in an attempt to resolve the case outside of the courtroom.
Steinitz is a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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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).
Origin and Etymology of confidant
French confident, from Italian confidente, from confidente confident, trustworthy, from Latin confident-, confidens
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
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Definition of confidant for English Language Learners
: a trusted friend you can talk to about personal and private things
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