- a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
- Furniture. confidente.
Origin of confidante
- a sofa or settee, especially of the 18th century, having a triangular seat at each end divided from the greater part of the seat by an armrest.
Origin of confidente
Examples from the Web for confidante
His confidante, Louis Howe, reminded FDR there had never been a divorced president.Eleanor Roosevelt: Feminist Icon
September 2, 2014
Mary drank to mask her pain, wipe out her feelings, and sleep,” says a confidante, “not get drunk.New Questions Arise About Mary Richardson Kennedy’s Suicide
May 16, 2013
He didn't much want the job, he was more fulfilled as Jack's confidante that he was ever likely to be as Jack's heir.David's Bookclub: Mutual Contempt
April 28, 2013
Dame Maggie Smith's fiery Dowager Countess will get a confidante in the form of Lady Shackleton, played by Dame Harriet Walters.The Red Blooded Blue Bloods Hoping To Mend Lady Mary's Heart
March 4, 2013
Keckley eventually bought her own freedom, becoming a successful seamstress and a confidante to the first lady.Tony Kushner: Obama Likes ‘Lincoln’
November 16, 2012
Briefly she outlined the situation to Emma, who had long been her confidante.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
It is, indeed, true that I have not done right, inasmuch as I have not made you my confidante.
But that which especially distressed her now was that she had not made a confidante of Hubertine.
"Monsieur's confidante is always at his distinguished service," she said.The Incomplete Amorist
If you do not wish to make a confidante of me, Josephine, I am sorry for it, but not offended.Barrington
Charles James Lever
- a person, esp a woman, to whom private matters are confided
Word Origin and History for confidante
1709, "female confidant," from French confidente, fem. of confident (see confidant).