\ ˈfänd How to pronounce fond (audio) \

Definition of fond

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : foolish, silly fond pride
2a : prizing highly : desirous used with of fond of praise
b : having an affection or liking used with of fond of musicfond of his nephew
3a : foolishly tender : indulgent sense 1 a fond mother
b : affectionate, loving absence makes the heart grow fonder a fond embrace
4 : cherished with great affection : doted on our fondest hopes has fond memories of their time together


fonded; fonding; fonds

Definition of fond (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to lavish affection : dote


\ ˈfōⁿ How to pronounce fond (audio) \
plural fonds\ ˈfōⁿ(z) How to pronounce fonds (audio) \

Definition of fond (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : small particles of browned food and especially meat that adhere to the bottom of a cooking pan and are used especially in making sauces After searing the steak, we noted the amount of fond (the residue of browned meat that sticks to the pan), which can be deglazed for a rich, flavorful pan sauce.— Garth Clingingsmith
3 obsolete : fund

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fond

Synonyms: Adjective

affected, attached, inclined, partial

Antonyms: Adjective

allergic, averse, disinclined

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Examples of fond in a Sentence


She still has fond feelings for him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. He wished them a fond farewell. the fond hope that the situation would change
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Jackson was also fond of the moment Prince Harry received a onesie (which is also known as a baby grow in the U.K.) as a gift for his baby. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Royal Photographer Opens Up About Prince Harry's First Day at Work as a New Dad," 9 May 2019 Taureans are fond of the past and keeping the past alive. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Is Taurus the Most Royal Zodiac Sign?," 26 Apr. 2019 But Leon was always trying to play the role of the liberal Zionist, above certain arguments, attentive to means as well as ends, fond of the bon mot and the elegant phrase. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 Kit Harington and Rose Leslie may not share the Game of Thrones screen together anymore (RIP Ygritte), but the IRL couple still has plenty of fond memories of their onscreen relationship. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kit Harington Says One of His Favorite "Game of Thrones" Scenes Was Rose Leslie's Death," 28 Apr. 2019 However, Eddy had a younger brother, George, fond of his stamp collection. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Real People Who Inspired Game of Thrones," 10 Apr. 2019 Read more: The education secretary's in-laws are also fond of Bethany, if their tax filings are any indication. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Bethany Christian Services condemns Trump policy, despite ties to DeVos," 30 June 2018 John Daly will be there for those fond of that sort of thing, as will Steve Stricker, who qualified for the U.S. Open the old fashioned way (in a 36-hole sectional qualifier). Daniel Rapaport,, "FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 6 June 2018 Also, calves which are taken away and fed by humans become extremely fond of humans for the rest of their lives, perpetuating the cow’s status as the easiest animal to manage. Mark Kurlansky, Time, "Why We've Been Fighting About Milk for 10,000 Years," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of fond


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fond

Adjective and Verb

Middle English fonned, fond, from fonne fool


borrowed from French, going back to Old French funt, font "bottom, base" — more at fund entry 1

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The first known use of fond was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fond

: feeling or showing love or friendship
: strongly felt


\ ˈfänd How to pronounce fond (audio) \
fonder; fondest

Kids Definition of fond

1 : having a liking or love “I'm very fond of Chinese food myself,” said Harry Cat.— George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square
2 : affectionate, loving a fond farewell
3 : strongly wished for a fond dream

Other Words from fond

fondly adverb
fondness noun

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a strong desire or propensity

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