confidant
noun Etymology: French confident, from Italian confidente, from confidente confident, trustworthy, from Latin confident-, confidens Date: 1646 one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially intimate

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  • Confidant — Con fi*dant ; 277), n. masc., Confidante Con fi*dante (?; 277), n. fem.[F. confident, confidente, formerly also spelt confidant, confidante. See {Confide}, and cf. {Confident}.] One to whom secrets, especially those relating to affairs of love,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confidant — index confederate, consociate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • confidant — 1610s, confident, (male) person trusted with private affairs, from Fr. confident (16c.), from It. confidente a trusty friend, lit. confident, trusty, from L. confidentem (nom. confidens), prp. of confidere to trust, confide (see CONFIDENCE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • confidant — intimate, *friend, acquaintance Analogous words: comrade, crony, companion (see ASSOCIATE n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • confidant — confidant, confidante stressed on the first syllable or (in the case of confidante) on the first or last syllable, mean ‘a close friend in whom one confides’, and refer respectively to a male or female and a female. They are alterations of an… …   Modern English usage

  • confidant — [n] close friend acquaintance, adherent, adviser, alter ego, bosom buddy, companion, crony, familiar, intimate, mate, pal; concept 423 Ant. enemy, foe …   New thesaurus

  • confidant — ► NOUN (fem. confidante pronunc. same) ▪ a person in whom one confides …   English terms dictionary

  • confidant — [kän′fə dant΄, kän′fədänt΄; kän΄fə dant′, kän΄fədänt′] n. [Fr confident (fem. confidente) < L confidens, prp. of confidere,CONFIDE] a close, trusted friend, to whom one confides intimate matters or secrets …   English World dictionary

  • Confidant — Not to be confused with confident. For the 2000 folk song, see Confidant (song). The confidant (pronounced /ˈkɒnfɪdænt/ or /ˌkɒnfɪˈdɑːnt/; feminine: confidante, same pronunciation) is a character in a story that the lead character… …   Wikipedia

  • confidant — [[t]kɒ̱nfɪdænt, dæ̱nt[/t]] confidants N COUNT: usu with poss Someone s confidant is a man who they are able to discuss their private problems with. ...a close confidant of the president …   English dictionary

  • confidant — UK [ˈkɒnfɪdænt] / US [ˈkɑnfɪˌdænt] / US [ˈkɑnfɪˌdɑnt] noun [countable] Word forms confidant : singular confidant plural confidants someone who you trust and can discuss your secrets and private feelings with …   English dictionary

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