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

Definition of confidante

: confidant especially : one who is a woman

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Synonyms & Antonyms for confidante


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


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.

Examples of confidante in a Sentence

She was her closest friend and confidante. only her closest confidantes know what she's going through

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During this search, Alleva cut out his closest confidantes and at least two high-level athletic administrators, Verge Ausberry and Eddie Nunez, along with mega boosters, all of them kept in the dark. Ross Dellenger,, "The Story of Tom Herman, Ed Orgeron and LSU's Wild 2016 Coaching Search," 2 Sep. 2019 Tripp was 24 years older than Lewinsky at the time of the affair and had become a close confidante of the former White House intern — then 22. Robyn Merrett,, "Beanie Feldstein to Play Monica Lewinsky in American Crime Story Season 3 on Clinton Impeachment," 6 Aug. 2019 So who is his longtime confidante and former flame, Ghislaine Noelle Maxwell? Fox News, "A look at Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'recruiter'," 13 Aug. 2019 Maxwell, who came to Britain as an impoverished Eastern European émigré and turned himself into a larger-than-life figure and confidante of political leaders, hadn’t ended his own life: he had been murdered. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Mysterious Deaths of the Rich and Ruined," 12 Aug. 2019 Linda Rambis has been Buss’ confidante and coworker for four decades. Tania Ganguli,, "Jeanie Buss has ‘100% confidence’ in Rob Pelinka running Lakers," 24 June 2019 Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime confidante of the late Jeffrey Epstein, has reportedly been living in Manchester-by-the-Sea amid the controversy over the now-deceased millionaire. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Who is Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell?," 14 Aug. 2019 The unreleased OxyContin data highlights the FDA's precarious role as both a public health agency and close confidante of industry. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, "OxyContin Was Reformulated to Reduce Abuse, but Purdue Pharma Won’t Share Data of the Results," 22 July 2019 An insecure mess, Rick has a saving grace – in more ways than one – in stunt double/confidante/driver/handyman Cliff Booth (Pitt). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' is a fairy tale only Quentin Tarantino could tell," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of confidante

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confidante

borrowed from French confidente, feminine of confident confidant

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confide in


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The first known use of confidante was in 1662

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English Language Learners Definition of confidante

: a woman who is a trusted friend : a female confidant

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