\ˈfänd \

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 \
plural fonds\ˈfōⁿ(z) \

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

Rémy’s Chairman François Hériard Dubreuil is fond of calling his company the Hermès of the liquor business. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Rémy Cointreau Isn’t the Hermès of the Liquor Industry," 22 Nov. 2018 Now, the Democrats and their surrogates in the media are fond of saying that the President shouldn't nominate anyone to the Supreme Court in the last year, right, of their presidency. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 My clients are fond of midcentury pieces, so that was the starting point. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Traditional Prewar Apartment with Unique, Handmade Accents," 13 Sep. 2018 Christie, 65, continues to have fond memories of her many visits to the original opulent adult playground in her father's native Chicago. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Hugh Hefner's daughter Christie opens up about keeping Playboy founder's legacy alive," 27 Sep. 2018 Much of Europe, moreover, shares America’s fond memories of the past. William A. Galston, WSJ, "The American Dream Needs a Jolt," 18 Sep. 2018 Heydari grew up about an hour away from Charlottesville and has fond memories of time spent in the nearby city on weekends. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Aubtin Heydari was nearly killed at the Charlottesville rally last year. This is his story.," 10 Aug. 2018 In fact, Markle is so fond of the style that the salon has updated the description to include her royal stamp of approval. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Did Meghan Markle Debut a New Eyebrow Shape at the Royal Ascot?," 20 June 2018 Mustela: New moms and moms-to-be are particularly fond of this gentle skin care brand, which is offering an impressive 30% off sitewide from May 25 until May 28. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The Best Memorial Day 2018 Beauty Sales to Shop This Weekend," 23 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


Middle English fonned, fond, from fonne fool


see fond entry 1


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 \
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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