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Definition of fond

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : foolish, silly fond pride
2a : prizing highly : desirous used with offond of praise
b : having an affection or liking used with offond 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That perspective came largely from Mr. Mora, his onetime boss at Merrill Lynch, an obese man fond of wearing loud shirts and Bermuda shorts in London, according to a description in Die Zeit, a German newspaper. David Segal, New York Times, "It May Be the Biggest Tax Heist Ever. And Europe Wants Justice.," 23 Jan. 2020 The Cajun version begins by browning meats and creating a dark fond in the pan. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Gumbo vs. Jambalaya: What's the Real Difference?," 17 Jan. 2020 As for electric vehicles, Americans are still fondest of the internal-combustion engine, with 59 percent saying an ICE was their preferred powertrain on their next vehicle, compared to 37 percent in Japan. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "More Americans Will Pull Out Wallets for EVs, but Snap Them Shut for Autonomous Technology," 7 Jan. 2020 Previous research has shown that wrapping paper summons happy memories, making recipients more fond of their gifts. The Economist, "Why friends like sloppily wrapped gifts," 25 Dec. 2019 Our fondest wish is for the team to make more of that dish and sell it at dinner, too. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Here they are: The 12 best dishes we ate all year," 25 Dec. 2019 Folks such as Carroll County Board of Education member and coach Kenny Kiler, past president of the Maryland Junior Wrestling League and the coach with youth wrestling in Manchester Wrestling, had fond remembrances. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Remembering Westminster grad Steve Hoff, a successful farmer and 3-time state wrestling champion," 29 Nov. 2019 Bill was inquisitive and curious, fond of reading, classical music, cultural events, trying new restaurants, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and world travel. courant.com, "William M. Ryan," 6 Nov. 2019 Not so in The King, where Edgerton plays Falstaff as a slightly portly lieutenant, fond of wine but also skilled on the battlefield, who acts as a helpful adviser to Henry. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King Makes a Dreary Muddle of an Epic Drama," 11 Oct. 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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11 Feb 2020

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“Fond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fond. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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