confidante

[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt]

noun

a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
Furniture. confidente.

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  8. confidence game,
  9. confidence interval,
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Origin of confidante

First recorded in 1700–10, confidante is from the French word confidente

Can be confusedconfidant confidante confident

confidente

or con·fi·dante

[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt]

noun

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

< French, special use of confidente female confidant

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confidante

noun

a person, esp a woman, to whom private matters are confided
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