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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 In about an hour, the Facebook post from Le Bistro Montage, generally just called Montage, had garnered 2,500 shares and over a thousand comments, mostly of people sharing fond memories of the restaurant and pictures of tin foil animal creations. oregonlive, "Portland’s popular late-night eatery Le Bistro Montage is closing after 27 years," 24 June 2020 The Townsends have gotten to know their customers very well over the years, and Greenwood has become fond of the Townsends, including their two daughters, Raina and Kyla. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Roscoe's Tacos was going to close. Here's how Greenwood helped change the owners' mind.," 24 June 2020 Raina Rashad, the elder Rashad’s only child, also recalled a fond moment for the D.C. news station. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Maiesha Rashad, The First Lady of Go-Go Music, Has Died," 18 June 2020 Once glamorous: Six pilots talk about a job that has changed significantly since the coronavirus pandemic hit—and have fond memories of the job before. Renan Ozturk, National Geographic, "Seeing Everest a new way," 16 June 2020 According to Pliny the Elder, Roman aristocrats were fond of beetle larvae reared on flour and wine. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "9 Bugs to Eat in a Survival Situation (And 4 You Want to Avoid)," 4 June 2020 President Donald Trump has long been fond of crafting his own version of the facts. Time, "White House Steps Up Efforts to Downplay Ongoing Coronavirus Concerns," 16 June 2020 If your dad is fond of dad jokes, this might be just the gift for him. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Father's Day gift ideas: Here are 7 easy, affordable things he'll love. Some are even free," 13 June 2020 Anna Kendrick doesn't have fond memories from her days shooting Twilight, the first big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's book of the same name released in 2008. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Anna Kendrick reflects on 'miserable' time shooting Twilight," 10 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fond. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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