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

Definition of confidante

: confidant especially : one who is a woman

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for confidante



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
Recent Examples on the Web De la Renta supported his friend Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and was also a close confidante of Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris and Jill Biden’s Victory Celebration Looks Honored American Fashion’s Pluralism," 8 Nov. 2020 In February, Barr overruled the sentencing recommendation for Trump confidante Roger Stone in favor of a lighter punishment, which led to the entire trial team choosing to quit before Stone's sentencing hearing. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Barr compares coronavirus stay-at-home orders to slavery, dismisses Black Lives Matter," 17 Sep. 2020 Among them: Elizabeth Keckley, confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln; Philip Reid, who helped create the statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome; and scores of Black Civil War veterans from the Union Army. Washington Post, "A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C.," 26 Oct. 2020 Longtime Fleck confidante Kirk Ciarrocca left the Gophers after the 11-2 regular season to return to his home-state Pennsylvania, taking over as Penn State’s offensive coordinator. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Mike Sanford Jr., eagerly awaits debut as Gophers offensive coordinator," 23 Oct. 2020 The kindly moon beloved of little children was also the confidante of lovers, but this too was threatened by the specter of Soviet space surveillance. Popular Science, "Landing on the moon only made us love it more," 12 Oct. 2020 Grigson had gotten some inside intel on the young scout from a confidante who’s son at played at Harvard with Berry, a four-year starting defensive back there. cleveland, "How ex-Colts GM Ryan Grigson has rebounded by helping Andrew Berry transform the Browns & avoid his mistakes," 11 Oct. 2020 Dressed in sumptuous velvet clothing and sporting feathery false eyelashes, the fortune teller is my sole confidante and has excellent taste in restaurants. Soleil Ho,, "SECRETS REVEALED: How S.F. restaurant critic Soleil Ho really decides where to eat," 5 Oct. 2020 Unlike Liza’s 20-something confidante Kelsey (Hilary Duff) in Younger or other Millennial characters on air today—such as the ones on The Bold Type and Good Trouble—Emily never laments having a job that affects her social life. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Emily in Paris Is an Irresistible Fantasy," 5 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confidante.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of confidante

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confidante

borrowed from French confidente, feminine of confident confidant

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about confidante

Time Traveler for confidante

Time Traveler

The first known use of confidante was in 1662

See more words from the same year

Statistics for confidante

Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confidante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for confidante


How to pronounce confidante (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of confidante

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on confidante

What made you want to look up confidante? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!