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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Taureans also have a great fondness for things of beauty and comfort. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Is Taurus the Most Royal Zodiac Sign?," 26 Apr. 2019 Next came a moment from the pair’s camping trip through Europe in 1971; a jaunt that famously inspired Ina’s fondness for unfussy dishes prepared with fresh, local produce. Vogue, "Jeffrey and Ina Garten Are Celebrating Their 50th Wedding Anniversary in the Sweetest Way," 19 Dec. 2018 But the fight has entered a new round, with an American president who has shown a special fondness for truckers and their big rigs. George Etheredge, New York Times, "From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers," 6 Jan. 2018 Showalter, an avid scuba diver, has a fondness for sea horses. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Hiding in Hubble Data, a New Moon for Neptune," 20 Feb. 2019 Russell makes no secret of his fondness for hitting in warm climates. Mark Gonzales,, "Addison Russell on the rebound after meeting with Chili Davis: .298 with 15 RBIs in 14 games," 13 July 2018 Fast-forward 22 years and saying that people are addicted to their phone is a bit like saying the Kardashians have a fondness for surgical enhancement. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018 She will be remembered with fondness and deeply missed. Hartford Courant,, "Shirley C. Leibert," 22 Apr. 2018 Democrats have an unexpected chance to win a Senate seat in Tennessee thanks to the state’s lingering fondness for moderate ex-Gov. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats are running to the middle to win the midterms," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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