Definition of confidante
: confidant; especially : one who is a woman
Examples of confidante in a sentence
She was her closest friend and confidante.
<only her closest confidantes know what she's going through>
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.
Origin and Etymology of confidante
French confidente, feminine of confident
First Known Use: 1662
CONFIDANTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confidante for English Language Learners
: a woman who is a trusted friend : a female confidant
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