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.
Recent Examples on the Web White’s measured take on Hitchcock is evident throughout — as is his fondness for meandering., "‘Twelve Lives,’ one master of suspense," 14 Apr. 2021 His fondness only grew as a U-M student in the mid-1980s., "Michigan sports fans couldn't attend games during COVID-19. Here's how they coped," 11 Apr. 2021 His fondness for fish surfaces in whole fried tilapia, its steaming white flesh complemented by a curtain of masala sauce mixed with coconut milk and finished with fresh cilantro. Washington Post, "Swahili Village brings a taste of African fine dining to D.C.," 2 Apr. 2021 People close to him describe an un-Trump-like fondness for poring over articles in scientific journals. New York Times, "Could Ron DeSantis Be Trump’s G.O.P. Heir? He’s Certainly Trying.," 10 Apr. 2021 The anecdote was charming, demonstrating Harry’s fondness for his elderly relative, and also suggesting that the Duke, like so many of us, was impatient with the constraints of technology. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Passing of Prince Philip," 9 Apr. 2021 Each episode begins with a character expressing fondness for a new sandwich variety, like one made with Altermeat, a meat substitute. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Through aggressive product placement in Korean TV, this American sandwich chain is getting a fresh image," 31 Mar. 2021 Trump’s fondness for systematic cruelty may have discouraged some Central Americans. Steve Chapman,, "Column: The real causes of the border crisis — and the real remedies," 19 Mar. 2021 The topics are all over the map, but in the United States, there’s a fondness for self-help, bitcoin, and business advice rooms. Washington Post, "From podcasts to Clubhouse, audio is filling more of our time. For some families, that’s a problem.," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2021

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“Fondness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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