confidant

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

Definition of confidant

: one to whom secrets are entrusted especially : intimate He is a trusted confidant of the president.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for confidant

Synonyms

alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, pal

Antonyms

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.

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If you're confident of the trustworthiness of your confidants, you're inadvertently aware of the origins of the word confidant. It comes from the French noun confident, which goes back to the Italian adjective confidente, meaning "confident" or "trustworthy" and to the Latin verb confidere, meaning "to confide"—the root of which is fidere, meaning "to trust." Other descendants of confidere in English include confide, confidence,and confident, as well as confidential (which was formed from confidence).

Examples of confidant in a Sentence

He is a trusted confidant of the president. she's my confidant; I tell her everything without reservation

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Last week, Israel’s Channel 12 divulged that the prime minister had personally instructed a loyal confidant — now a star witness against him — to reward a friendly telecommunications tycoon with favors worth hundreds of millions of dollars. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Scandals, Rivals and U.S. Tarnish Netanyahu’s Aura of Invincibility," 4 Sep. 2019 Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Leslie Jones breaks silence on SNL exit with her own DMX Challenge video," 3 Sep. 2019 Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Actual Reason Why Leslie Jones Is Leaving 'SNL' in 2019 After 5 Seasons," 3 Sep. 2019 For several years after college, Jess and Jordan, who had been a pole vaulter at the University of Oregon, were roommates and confidants. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 Some women, including Davies, alleged that Epstein’s longtime confidant and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell recruited them. Time, "23 of Jeffrey Epstein's Accusers Finally Got Their Day in Court. Here's What They Said," 28 Aug. 2019 The checks came from accounts linked to five current or former lobbyists for utility giant ComEd, including Madigan’s close confidant Michael McClain, records showed. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County grand jury investigating Chicago Ald. Marty Quinn’s challenge of opponent’s election petitions," 15 Aug. 2019 The documents were filed as part of a defamation lawsuit in federal court that Virginia Giuffre brought in 2015 against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion and confidant. Benjamin Weiser, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeffrey Epstein is dead after committing suicide in jail," 10 Aug. 2019 Berl, a lifelong confidant, was not surprised at this attempt at reinvention. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confidant.' 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 confidant

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confidant

borrowed from French confident, borrowed from Italian confidente, noun derivative of confidente "trusting, having trust in," borrowed from Latin confīdent-, confīdens, present participle of confīdere "to put one's trust in, have confidence in" — more at confide

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The first known use of confidant was in 1646

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confidant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confidant

: a trusted friend you can talk to about personal and private things

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