fond·​ness | \ ˈfän(d)-nəs How to pronounce fondness (audio) \

Definition of fondness

1 obsolete : foolishness, folly
2 : tender affection
3 : appetite, relish had a fondness for argument

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Examples of fondness in a Sentence

my fondness for you will never fail I have a fondness for expensive chocolate.

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On her birthday, the striker celebrated by sipping from an imaginary cup of tea, a nod to the English's renowned fondness for the beverage. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "USWNT advances to Women's World Cup final with narrow win over England," 2 July 2019 Carlson also appeared to defend Mr. Trump's fondness for Kim. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Tucker Carlson defends Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un, says leading a country "means killing people"," 1 July 2019 The town’s fondness for him has occasionally made headlines. David Segal, New York Times, "A Monster to History, Stalin Is a Tourist Magnet in His Hometown," 30 June 2019 Russell Dickerson’s wife and creative director, Kailey, is from Cedarburg, and so Dickerson showed genuine fondness calling Milwaukee his second home. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thomas Rhett rings in Summerfest with bright set at American Family Insurance Amphitheater," 27 June 2019 Radiohead has previously established a fondness for nontraditional music releases. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Radiohead’s unreleased OK Computer audio was stolen. Now the band is letting everyone hear it.," 11 June 2019 The trip, featuring Francis' fondness for countries on the periphery, and ecumenical events with Lutheran and Russian Orthodox faithful will be a welcome break for the Argentine pope. Fox News, "Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics," 21 Sep. 2018 Always, Liz Liz Kruesi is a freelance science journalist focusing on cosmology and astronomy—with a fondness for the high-energy universe. Liz Kruesi, National Geographic, "Dear Fermi: What it means to see the universe's extremes," 11 June 2019 In that call, President Donald Trump’s attorney left a message for Flynn’s attorney, reminding him of the president’s fondness for Flynn at a time when Flynn was considering cooperating with federal investigators. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "As Russian probe sentencing looms, Flynn fires his lawyers," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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