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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Giuliani didn’t rule out that confidante Roger Stone looped in Trump ahead of time about WikiLeaks’s dumps of emails given to them by Russian hackers. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s lawyer isn’t exactly denying that Trump had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks dumps," 17 Dec. 2018 He was considered a confidante of the late Steve Jobs, and was promoted to the chief design officer position in 2015. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Apple’s legendary designer Jony Ive is quitting for own firm with name inspired by Steve Jobs," 27 June 2019 British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, an Epstein friend and confidante, is battling to keep details of her settlement with an Epstein accuser sealed from public view. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Jeffrey Epstein’s scandal of secrecy points to a creeping rot in the American justice system," 19 June 2019 Sanders, who has been with the president since his campaign, is among his closest aides and confidantes, often sitting at the table with Cabinet secretaries and other dignitaries. NBC News, "Sarah Sanders has no regrets, apologies or comment on a run for Arkansas gov," 13 June 2019 That associate is reportedly Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime confidante, who is now awaiting trial on seven counts of lying to Congress about Russia’s attempt to influence the election and other charges. Ben Bradlee Jr., The New Yorker, "How Collusion Confusion Helps Trump," 12 June 2019 These television power pairs are each other's closest confidantes, allies, and cheerleaders. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Secret to Having the Best Relationship With Your Work Wife," 7 Mar. 2019 And eventually Gypsy told her confidante about her internet boyfriend and eventual partner-in-crime, Nicolas Godejohn. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Is Lacey From 'The Act' a Real Person? Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Friend Does Exist," 21 Mar. 2019 Barbara, my late-night confidante and surrogate mother from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. came by, doing her rounds as a member of the maintenance crew. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Sorry Marie Kondo—I Love Mess!," 12 Feb. 2019

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.

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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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