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confidante

[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt]
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noun
  1. a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
  2. Furniture. confidente.
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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
  1. 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.
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Origin of confidente

< French, special use of confidente female confidant
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  • Briefly she outlined the situation to Emma, who had long been her confidante.

  • It is, indeed, true that I have not done right, inasmuch as I have not made you my confidante.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • But that which especially distressed her now was that she had not made a confidante of Hubertine.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • "Monsieur's confidante is always at his distinguished service," she said.

  • If you do not wish to make a confidante of me, Josephine, I am sorry for it, but not offended.

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for confidante

confidante

noun
  1. a person, esp a woman, to whom private matters are confided
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Word Origin and History for confidante

n.

1709, "female confidant," from French confidente, fem. of confident (see confidant).

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confidente

n.

see confidant.

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