\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

adoring, affectionate, devoted, loving, tender, tenderhearted

Antonyms: Adjective


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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

In the palace grounds, gardeners have wrapped the statues of naked women, of which Sukarno was fond, with bundles of tall reeds. The Economist, "Indonesia’s president is neither a grubby politician nor a diehard reformer," 10 May 2018 Federal ethics standards bar subordinates from performing tasks of personal assistance; neither they nor perhaps any other standards can explain why a man so fond of first-class travel could not spring for a new mattress. The Economist, "The list of charges against Scott Pruitt keeps growing," 5 July 2018 In my fondest, stupidest dreams, these are the small acts of defiance that lead to the end of Trump and to more widespread, positive changes in American society. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 Chick is a wacky little narcissist ping-ponging around the page; Fox is the fond, amused straight man. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 Trump is fond of tossing out conspiracy theories, even if just to add a sliver of doubt. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory," 13 July 2018 Gene Watson, the Royals' longtime director of pro scouting, was fond of Hinch. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch, Royals' Ned Yost reflect on shared All-Star experience," 23 June 2018 Honey is so much more than just a sweetener for your tea, Russo is fond of pointing out. Nathan Hurst, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterey is California’s honey hub," 30 May 2018 Hours before Thursday's NFL draft began, news broke that in addition to hating LeBron, Allen had also been fond of using the N-word on his Twitter account during his high school years. Phillip Morris,, "There is no such thing as a social media whisper: Phillip Morris," 29 Apr. 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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