fond

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adjective

1
: foolish, silly
fond pride
2
a
: prizing highly : desirous
used with of
fond of praise
b
: having an affection or liking
used with of
fond of music
fond of his nephew
3
a
: 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

fond

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verb

fonded; fonding; fonds

intransitive verb

obsolete
: to lavish affection : dote

fond

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noun

plural fonds ˈfōⁿ(z) How to pronounce fond (audio)
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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
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obsolete : fund

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The dish was her aunt’s specialty, and El-Haddad — who now lives in Maryland with her husband and four children — has fond memories of eating bowlfuls during family celebrations. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 Russ also reflected on his time filming West Side Story before the musical's 1961 release, including fond memories of co-director Jerome Robbins' approach to adapting the star's tumbling skills for the project. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2024 Visit places that bring back fond memories, and reconnect with old friends. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 One segment covers fond memories of the late John Candy, who starred with Martin in 1987’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 Get The Recipe 53 of 54 Pomegranate Margarita The Southern Living Test Kitchen recreated this recipe inspired from fond memories of happy hours past. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Mar. 2024 We are devastated about the Utah team’s experience while traveling to compete on what should have been a weekend competing on the brightest stage and creating some of the fondest memories of their lives. Jade Lawson, ABC News, 26 Mar. 2024 The 76-year-old was still beloved by many of his former costars, who shared reminisces and fond tributes of their time working with Lewis. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 28 Feb. 2024 The spinoff restaurant mostly leans on nostalgia, a fond tip-of-the-cap to the restaurant chain’s futurism-of-the-past aesthetic associated with the CosMc’s character from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

Middle English fonned, fond, from fonne fool

Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fond. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

fond

adjective
ˈfänd
1
: having a liking or love
fond of music
2
: loving, affectionate
a fond farewell
3
: cherished with great affection
their fondest hopes
fondly
ˈfän-(d)lē
adverb
fondness
ˈfän(d)-nəs
noun

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