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[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, -duh nt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt] /ˈkɒn fɪˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt, -dənt, ˌkɒn fɪˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt/
a close friend or associate to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
Origin of confidant
1705-15; < French confident < Italian confidente, noun use of adj.; see confident
Can be confused
confidant, confidante, confident. Unabridged
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  • She has also judged other women, her friends and confidants.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • We cannot well betray them, and we are consequently their confidants par force.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • I have always been Roy's friend—always, and now he has made Richard and you his confidants.'

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • You really think that these English people are their confidants?

  • He makes us feel his confidants and friends, as has been said.

    Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp
  • But you and I are confidants and you have never yet betrayed me.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
British Dictionary definitions for confidants


/ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt; ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt/
a person, esp a man, to whom private matters are confided
Word Origin
C17: from French confident, from Italian confidente, n use of adj: trustworthy, from Latin confīdensconfident
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Word Origin and History for confidants



1610s, confident, "(male) person trusted with private affairs," from French confident (16c.), from Italian confidente "a trusty friend," literally "confident, trusty," from Latin confidentem (nominative confidens), present participle of confidere "to trust, confide" (see confidence). The spelling with -a- came to predominate 18c. and might reflect the French pronunciation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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