\ 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 it is immersed in the memorable melodic territory Robinson is so fond of. David Lyman,, "How this football star transitioned into an opera singer," 11 July 2019 And a fond farewell and best wishes to Kyle Neaves, who did a tremendous job heading up communications for WKU's football program these past six years. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Sit back and enjoy Serena Williams as she makes another Wimbledon run," 10 July 2019 Speaking of the beer, that brings us back to those two categories: First is the crowd fond of the familiarity of McMenamins longtime flagship ales -- Hammerhead pale ale, Ruby ale and Terminator stout. Andre Meunier,, "McMenamins, Oregon’s 1st brewpub, a pioneer still going its own way: Portland Breweries Series," 28 June 2019 The former vice president’s record on civil rights—and his fond remembrances of segregationist senators—has recently faced a wave of scrutiny. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Confrontation That Laid Bare the Democratic Party’s Evolution," 27 June 2019 In North Carolina The soldiers became fond of George, that when she was wounded by a piece of shrapnel during a Viet Cong attack, Special Forces medics patched her up. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How A North Carolina Python Won A Purple Heart," 10 June 2019 The queen and the Duchess of Cambridge both looked quite fond of one another during a tour of the Back to Nature Garden at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show yesterday. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen and Kate Middleton Bonded at the Chelsea Flower Show," 21 May 2019 Any of you who have made a JB sighting, please hold off on the emails dashing my fondest hopes. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 But their most fond memories are from those players coming up in these parks and in these [youth] leagues. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "How Hurricanes hope former UM greats, new recruiting tactics will help land top prospects at annual Paradise Camp," 21 June 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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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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