Definition of confidant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkänfəˌdant/
Pronunciation: /ˈkänfəˌdänt/

noun (feminine confidante pronounced same)

A person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others.
Example sentences
  • Of the latter, he says: ‘John didn't have any close friends or confidants.’
  • I think this president has long looked to his key confidants, his closest friends, to key jobs.
  • So she is your best friend, your closest confidante, your mirror image, or even the bane of your existence.
close friend, bosom friend, best friend;
informal buddy, chum, pal, crony, gal pal, BFF


Mid 17th century: alteration of confident (as a noun in the same sense in the early 17th century), probably to represent the pronunciation of French confidente 'having full trust'.

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Syllabification: con·fi·dant

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