\ 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

And by the looks of these rather recent photos, the two seem to be very fond of one another: Princess Anne, 68, Princess Royal Two years later on August 15, Elizabeth and Philips welcomed their first and only daughter Princess Anne. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Complicated Relationships With Her Children," 18 Aug. 2018 Leicester boss Claude Puel, who isn't thought to be very fond of Slimani, recently confirmed that the club will open to talks with the 29-year-old over his future after the season comes to a close., "West Ham Still Keen on Signing Leicester Striker Despite Underwhelming Premier League Season," 13 May 2018 Like many of the label's diehards, Lillard says his fondest memories of Bape were during the Lil Wayne's heyday, when the rapper was a mixtape god dressed in oversized Bape camo hoodies. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Damian Lillard Says Lil Wayne Inspired His Adidas Dame 4 x Bape Sneakers," 10 Feb. 2018 One player who shouldn’t be overlooked is Matthias Farley, who steadily improved over the course of the season in Hooker’s stead and whom Ballard is very fond of. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Roster issues the Colts must soon address," 2 Jan. 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed in previous appearances that their little girl is fond of dancing, just like her late grandmother, Princess Diana. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Serving Looks in an Oscar de la Renta Suit at the Royal Opera House," 16 Jan. 2019 Several other cast members took to social media to share fond words about their costars. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, and More "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Stars Post Emotional Tributes to the Series," 23 Dec. 2018 Fred Trump openly ridiculed him for being too nice, too soft, too lazy, too fond of drink. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Skateboarders became fond of rocketing off the Katzen and caroming off the Smith, and a skater once smashed a window. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 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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