Definition of confidant in English:



  • A person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others.

    • ‘Of the latter, he says: ‘John didn't have any close friends or confidants.’’
    • ‘So she is your best friend, your closest confidante, your mirror image, or even the bane of your existence.’
    • ‘These four are the princess's closest friends and confidants as well as her court.’
    • ‘And they often do not have an emotional confidant to share problems with.’
    • ‘It might be the effect of temporarily working somewhere different and missing various friends and confidants.’
    • ‘I think this president has long looked to his key confidants, his closest friends, to key jobs.’
    • ‘Historically, Navy chaplains have been counsellors, confidantes and carers for sailors with Christian and non-Christian backgrounds.’
    • ‘But ten minutes later, I was his chief confidant and presumed best buddy.’
    • ‘Nobody knows who we really are, not even our closest confidants or companions.’
    • ‘He's one of my closest confidants - I phone him and we talk about our relationship troubles.’
    • ‘He appointed three close confidants to handle the state apparatus, the cabinet and the presidential household.’
    • ‘Emotionally, a gay man can be a woman's best friend, her confidant, her support, her adviser.’
    • ‘Find a confidante to whom you can confess the idea - or perhaps write about it.’
    • ‘Obviously, the best confidantes are people with whom a high degree of intimacy already exists.’
    • ‘This was not a question of dramatic emotional conversions, but simply a chance to share with a confidante and feel forgiven.’
    • ‘I have a few American friends in the UK - but, again, most are acquaintances rather than my closest confidants.’
    • ‘My colleagues were my best friends, family, peers, confidantes and mentors.’
    • ‘He was just two when we got together, so it wasn't easy, but now she is a friend and a confidante for him, someone who's not a parent.’
    • ‘She had also had the time to discuss the matter with her husband, their legal representatives and a few close friends and confidantes.’
    • ‘However, the harsh fact is that with his present set of confidants and advisers, he does not need enemies!’
    close friend, bosom friend, best friend, close associate, companion, crony, intimate, familiar, second self
    mentor, adviser, counsellor
    alter ego
    chum, pal, buddy, main man
    mate, oppo, mucker, bezzie
    fidus achates
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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.