confidant

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

Origin of confidant

1705–15; < French confident < Italian confidente, noun use of adj.; see confident
Can be confusedconfidant confidante confident
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Related Words for confidants

crony, adviser, acquaintance, companion, familiar, adherent, mate, pal, intimate

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British Dictionary definitions for confidants

confidant

noun
  1. 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

confidant

n.

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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