adjective Archaic.

provided with or accompanied by friends.

Nearby words

  1. friend of dorothy,
  2. friend of the court,
  3. friend with benefits,
  4. friend zone,
  5. friend-zone,
  6. friendiversary,
  7. friendless,
  8. friendly,
  9. friendly fire,
  10. friendly islands

Origin of friended

First recorded in 1350–1400, friended is from the Middle English word frended. See friend, -ed2




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.

verb (used with object)

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.

Origin of friend

before 900; Middle English friend, frend, Old English frēond “friend, lover, relative” (cognate with Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Gothic frijōnds), originally the present participle of frēogan, cognate with Gothic frijōn “to love”

1, 4. enemy, foe.

Related formsfriend·less, adjectivefriend·less·ness, nounnon·friend, noun

Synonym study

1. See acquaintance. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for friended

  • For that, Saverin seemed like a good guy, so I did what you did then in college: I friended him on Facebook.

    Accidental Billionaires|Samuel P. Jacobs|July 16, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • "I have been well 'friended' all my life," he said once, looking round at the faces by his bedside.

    We Two|Edna Lyall

British Dictionary definitions for friended




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



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
Derived Formsfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun

Word Origin for friend

Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt

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Word Origin and History for friended
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with friended


In addition to the idiom beginning with friend

  • friend in court

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • make friends
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