con·fi·dante | \ˈkän-fə-ˌdänt also -ˌdant, -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, 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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For years, no one was closer to Whitney Houston than her best friend and confidante Robyn Crawford. Janine Rubenstein,, "Whitney Houston's Friends and Family Reveal Truth About Her Romance with Robyn Crawford," 12 July 2018 Mueller may not yet have posed questions about such meetings to Trump family members or key confidantes. David Voreacos,, "Mueller Plays Hardball With Manafort, Sending a Message to Others," 5 June 2018 The departure left many wondering who would fill the void left by Hicks, who was a loyal confidante to the President. Devan Cole, CNN, "The top 7 stories to know going into the week," 1 Apr. 2018 Although this character did not appear in the animated original, she is said to serve as Jasmine's confidante in the 2019 version. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 On a spring day in 2013, Darcell Marshall, a Rikers Island inmate, scrawled a note on a small scrap of paper and asked an acquaintance to courier it to her lone friend and confidante in the sprawling jail complex, a woman called Sparkles. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 Sanders assumed the podium July 21, 2017, after serving as deputy press secretary for the first six months of the administration and has become a trusted confidante of the President's. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "Sanders' challenge: Maintaining credibility, while staying loyal to Trump," 7 June 2018 There had been signs that Prince’s closest confidantes were concerned with his apparent addiction. Joe Coscarelli And Sheila M. Eldred, New York Times, "Prince’s Overdose Death Results in No Criminal Charges," 19 Apr. 2018 In the observation deck are Avila’s closest confidantes, David Chadd and Scott Bream. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the men trying to rebuild the Detroit Tigers," 25 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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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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