\ ˈfänd How to pronounce fond (audio) \

Definition of fond

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : foolish, silly fond pride
2a : prizing highly : desirous used with offond of praise
b : having an affection or liking used with offond 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

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of fond in a Sentence

Adjective 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 While expensive, those trips are some of my fondest memories as a former player. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's Dan McDonnell favors plan to push back college baseball season," 26 May 2020 Stayhome has become passé, and the warming weather and extra sunshine has rekindled fond memories of summers past—especially with the extended weekend ahead of us. Popular Science, "The coronavirus doesn’t care about your long weekend plans.," 22 May 2020 One of my fondest childhood memories had been my father, who was not a fan, taking me to watch United play FC Porto in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1977. Toby Harnden, Washington Examiner, "The game has changed, but soccer unites decades and the world," 9 Jan. 2020 But the fondest memories of the Maxwell Street experience was the true Chicago dog. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: All he wanted for Christmas was a little red trike, a little red trike, a little red trike . . .," 8 Dec. 2019 Many of my fondest memories have been art and cultural events in Carroll County. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Cheers for 50 more’: An oral history of the Carroll County Arts Council, celebrating its golden anniversary," 19 Oct. 2019 One of my fondest memories was a visiting petting zoo. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "Business progress sparks memories of days gone by: Sun Messages," 4 Aug. 2019 My fondest memories are of hot summer days spent in my parents’ backyard, listening to old school R&B while waiting for hot dogs and hamburgers to make their way off my dad’s grill and onto my plate. Javacia Harris Bowser, al.com, "How my father unknowingly made me a feminist," 28 June 2019 Some of my fondest memories are biking up and down the Kamo river to various temples. Ed Droste, Vogue, "Stargazing in Tokyo and Glamping Near Mt. Fuji: Ed Droste’s Epic Japan Travel Diary," 28 May 2019

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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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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fond. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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