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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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 The confidantes' identities remain anonymous, but one source is described as one of Meghan's former co-stars. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Close Friends Speak Out About the "Global Bullying" on the Duchess," 6 Feb. 2019 Most of all, though, a teen who thinks of her mom as her best friend has been left without her confidante. Matt Sedensky, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m ashamed’: Americans blame Trump after Kansas City mom’s deportation," 23 July 2018 Phèdre departs with Hippolyte, who hides the truth out of filial respect, leaving Phèdre’s confidante, Oenone, to insinuate to the devastated Thésée that Hippolyte did indeed seek to harm Phèdre. George Loomis, New York Times, "An Opera Worth Fighting Over," 13 Apr. 2018 Rosa went back inside, and soon everyone was gone except Joanie Trussel, a Zen Buddhist chaplain who had become a confidante. Stephanie Mccrummen, Washington Post, "A sanctuary of one," 31 Mar. 2018 As Mary, Fuller’s assistant and Timothy’s confidante, soprano Devon Guthrie, another holdover from the Cincinnati performances, is entirely sympathetic and compelling. John Von Rhein,, "A gay love affair in '50s D.C. plays out to touching effect in 'Fellow Travelers'," 18 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of confidante

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

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