A friend at court
Friend Friend (fr[e^]nd), n. [OR. frend, freond, AS. fre['o]nd, prop. p. pr. of fre['o]n, fre['o]gan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. fr[ae]ndi kinsman, Sw. fr["a]nde. Goth. frij[=o]nds friend, frij[=o]n to love. [root]83. See {Free}, and cf. {Fiend}.] 1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant. [1913 Webster]

Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. --Prov. xviii. 24. [1913 Webster]

2. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also, one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a term of friendly address. [1913 Webster]

Friend, how camest thou in hither? --Matt. xxii. 12. [1913 Webster]

3. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, a friend to commerce, to poetry, to an institution. [1913 Webster]

4. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers. [1913 Webster]

America was first visited by Friends in 1656. --T. Chase. [1913 Webster]

5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{A friend at court} or {A friend in court}, one disposed to act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or influence.

{To be friends with}, to have friendly relations with. ``He's . . . friends with C[ae]sar.'' --Shak.

{To make friends with}, to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. ``Having now made friends with the Athenians.'' --Jowett (Thucyd.). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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