a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
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.
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.
Idioms about friend
make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
Frēond “friend, close acquaintance” has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian friūnd, Old Dutch friunt, Old High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds. Frēond comes from the Old English verb frēogan (also frēon ) “to love, free, set free,” and is a derivative of the Germanic root fri-, frī- (and suffixed form frija- ), which is also the source of English free (the progression of senses is “beloved,” then “one of the loved ones,” then “one not a slave, free”).
Old English fēond originally meant “enemy, foe” (and so was the opposite of friend ), and especially in Old English poetry, “Satan, the Devil” (in Beowulf the devil is referred to as fēond moncynnes “the enemy of mankind”). Fēond has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian fiand, Dutch vijand, German Feind, all meaning “enemy.” Fēond comes from the Old English verb fēogan “to hate,” from a Germanic root fī - (from a very complicated Proto-Indo-European root pē-, pēi-, pī- “to hurt, harm”).
Etymologically speaking, then, friend and fiend are acquaintances, and not relatives.
- friend·less, adjective
- friend·less·ness, noun
- non·friend, noun
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How to use friend in a sentence
The editors, writers, and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were human beings with families, friends, and loved ones.
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
And then I did teachers all throughout elementary school and junior high for my friends.
I was sick in street gutters, onto my desk, at dinners with friends.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003 | Vicky Ward | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was friends with her drummer from Sleater-Kinney, and I met Carrie, and we just hit it off.
The young man from far away had not, so far as he knew, either enemies or friends at Monte Carlo.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
That evening in the gondola, with one old and two newer friends, is marked with a white stone in my recollection.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The Colonel and his two friends rode back towards the south, from whence they came.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends: and after thou hast given, upbraid not.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Mlle. Mayer had been for some time in a depressed condition, and her friends had been anxious about her.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
British Dictionary definitions for friend (1 of 3)
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 supporter: a friend of the opera
be friends to be friendly (with)
make friends to become friendly (with)
(tr) an archaic word for befriend
- friendless, adjective
- friendlessness, noun
- friendship, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Friend (2 of 3)
a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
British Dictionary definitions for Friend (3 of 3)
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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with friend
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends
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