\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While her portrait accompanied Cecilia out of the castle (presumably Beatrice was not fond of seeing it), Ms. Collinsworth tells us that Beatrice’s sister, the renowned art collector Isabella d’Este, borrowed it in 1498. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, 13 May 2022 While Lazkani may be fond of her, the rest of the Oppenheim Group ladies remain icy toward Quinn throughout the fifth season. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 10 May 2022 Critics have been fond of the film, which boasts a 97% average rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 1 May 2022 Willer said their research indicated that users are largely not fond of toxic tweets, despite appearances to the contrary. Melanie Masonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 While Lazkani may be fond of her, the rest of the Oppenheim group ladies remain icy toward Quinn throughout the fifth season. Julia Moore,, 25 Apr. 2022 Meghan is fond of expensive clothing, Brown argues in one of the book’s more dubious moments, while cost-conscious Kate recycles outfits. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 They were asked about their views on multiple issues, including gun rights, militias, law enforcement, face masks, COVID-19 restrictions, even emojis — which the defendants were fond of, according to trial testimony. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 Both of these groups need support, and some organizations that Haring is fond of are Razom, Help Ukraine Center, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the East Europe Foundation’s Shelter Project. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Fond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ 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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