\ 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 fond (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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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Fond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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