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


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 confusedconfidant confidante confident Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Word Origin for confidant

C17: from French confident, from Italian confidente, n use of adj: trustworthy, from Latin confīdens confident
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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.

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