One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others.
close friend, bosom friend, best friend, close associate, companion, crony, intimate, familiar, second selfView synonyms
- ‘She had also had the time to discuss the matter with her husband, their legal representatives and a few close friends and confidantes.’
- ‘Find a confidante to whom you can confess the idea - or perhaps write about it.’
- ‘It might be the effect of temporarily working somewhere different and missing various friends and confidants.’
- ‘Nobody knows who we really are, not even our closest confidants or companions.’
- ‘These four are the princess's closest friends and confidants as well as her court.’
- ‘So she is your best friend, your closest confidante, your mirror image, or even the bane of your existence.’
- ‘Of the latter, he says: ‘John didn't have any close friends or confidants.’’
- ‘However, the harsh fact is that with his present set of confidants and advisers, he does not need enemies!’
- ‘Obviously, the best confidantes are people with whom a high degree of intimacy already exists.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Emotionally, a gay man can be a woman's best friend, her confidant, her support, her adviser.’
- ‘I think this president has long looked to his key confidants, his closest friends, to key jobs.’
- ‘My colleagues were my best friends, family, peers, confidantes and mentors.’
- ‘I have a few American friends in the UK - but, again, most are acquaintances rather than my closest confidants.’
- ‘He appointed three close confidants to handle the state apparatus, the cabinet and the presidential household.’
- ‘And they often do not have an emotional confidant to share problems with.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This was not a question of dramatic emotional conversions, but simply a chance to share with a confidante and feel forgiven.’
- ‘He's one of my closest confidants - I phone him and we talk about our relationship troubles.’
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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