- a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
- a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
- a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
- a member of the same nation, party, etc.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- a person associated with another as a contact on a social media website: We've never met, but we're Facebook friends.
- Rare. to befriend.
- to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social media website: I just friended a couple of guys in my class.
- make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
Origin of friend
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Examples from the Web for friend
In an email exchange a friend said many had repeated this same succinct review but they could never elaborate.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
The two strengthened ties over the years and now Krauss considers Epstein a “close” and “considerate” friend.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
“JSwipe is currently under heavy load,” flashed across the screen, one night as a friend and I looked at it.
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.
He gazed on the bright landscape, as if it had been the countenance of a friend.
By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.
With an undefined feeling of awe, she looked in the countenance of her friend.
I want him to think he ain't got a friend on earth but himself.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He said he was out hunting with a friend, and his friend's gun went off accidentally.Brave and Bold
- a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
- an acquaintance or associate
- an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
- a fellow member of a party, society, etc
- a patron or supportera friend of the opera
- be friends to be friendly (with)
- make friends to become friendly (with)
- (tr) an archaic word for befriend
- a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
- trademark mountaineering a device consisting of a shaft with double-headed spring-loaded cams that can be wedged in a crack to provide an anchor point
Word Origin and History for friend
Old English freond "friend," present participle of freogan "to love, to favor," from Proto-Germanic *frijojanan "to love" (cf. Old Norse frændi, Old Frisian friund, Middle High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds "friend," all alike from present participle forms). Related to Old English freo "free" (see free (adj.)).
Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were paired alliteratively in Old English; both are masculine agent nouns derived from present participle of verbs, but are not directly related to one another (see fiend). Related: Friends.
in the Facebook sense, attested from 2005, from the noun, but friend has been used as a verb in English since late 14c. Related: Friended; friending. Old English had freonsped "an abundance of friends" (see speed (n.)); freondleast "want of friends;" freondspedig "rich in friends", all of which would be useful now.