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. confidence)). The spelling with -a- came to predominate 18c. and might reflect the French pronunciation.

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  • 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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