- a close friend or associate to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
Origin of confidant
Examples from the Web for confidant
When a top Mobutu confidant named Colonel Alphonse Bangala purchased the island, Lometcha bought shares.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Otis Moss, Jr., the noted African-American civil rights leader and confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., concurred.Religious Leaders Hail Obama’s New Ambassador
July 29, 2014
If the President went through with the appointment, he was counting on his confidant to bust open those particular X-Files.President 42 Talks Up Area 51
April 6, 2014
It was built for “Mad” King Ludwig II, who announced construction of the castle in a letter to his confidant Richard Wagner.Where the Nazis Hid Their Art: The Castle Behind ‘Monuments Men’
February 8, 2014
Hoffman plays Jon Savage, the sarcastic and pessimistic brother (and confidant) to his sister, Wendy.Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Best Performances: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Capote,’ and More
February 2, 2014
At all events, this was a subject upon which I received no enlightening from their confidant.
Sooner or later it must have been so; and I want a confidant.Night and Morning, Complete
Everybody there was for the moment the confidant of his neighbour.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
He thought she went to find a confidant outside, that she was preparing her treason.Therese Raquin
The confidant, oddly, was a picture in the silent, awe-inspiring company-room.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- a person, esp a man, to whom private matters are confided
Word Origin and History for confidant
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.