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 (kŏn′fĭ-dănt′, -dänt′, kŏn′fĭ-dănt′, -dänt′)
1. One to whom secrets or private matters are disclosed.
2. A character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions of a main character.

[French confident, from Italian confidente, from Latin cōnfīdēns, cōnfīdent-, present participle of cōnfīdere, to rely on; see confide.]


(ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt; ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt)
a person, esp a man, to whom private matters are confided
[C17: from French confident, from Italian confidente, n use of adj: trustworthy, from Latin confīdens confident]


(ˈkɒn fɪˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt, -dənt, ˌkɒn fɪˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt)

a person to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
[1705–15; < French confident < Italian confidente, n. use of adj.; see confident]


1. 'confidant'

Confidant /'kɒnfɪdænt/ is a noun. A confidant is a person who you discuss your private problems and worries with. You use the spelling confidante when the person is a woman.

...Colonel House, a friend and confidant of President Woodrow Wilson.
She became her father's only confidante.
2. 'confident'

Confident /'kɒnfɪdənt/ is an adjective. If you are confident about something, you are certain that it will happen in the way you want.

He was confident that the problem with the guidance mechanism could be fixed.
I feel confident about the future of British music.

People who are confident are sure of their own abilities.

... a witty, young and confident lawyer.
His manner is more confident these days.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confidant - someone to whom private matters are confidedconfidant - someone to whom private matters are confided
confidante - a female confidant
friend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
repository, secretary - a person to whom a secret is entrusted


noun close friend, familiar, intimate, crony, alter ego, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), bosom friend You are her closest friend and confidante.


1. One in whom secrets are confided:
2. A person whom one knows well, likes, and trusts:
Informal: bud, buddy.
Slang: sidekick.


[ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt] Nconfidente m


[ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt] nconfident m


nVertraute(r) m


[ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt] nconfidente m
References in classic literature ?
Here of course was the very heaven-sent confidant for such an enterprise as mine.
There is nothing sacred from reverence, and love's lovers have a right to regard themselves as the confidants of lovers, whenever they may chance to surprise either them or their letters.
The prince's further fate was more or less decided by Colia, who selected, out of all the persons he had met during the last six or seven months, Evgenie Pavlovitch, as friend and confidant.
He was a great confidant of Long John Silver, and so the mention of his name leads me on to speak of our ship's cook, Barbecue, as the men called him.
Fix made up his mind that, if worst came to worst, he would make a confidant of Passepartout, and tell him what kind of a fellow his master really was.
He had not a single confidant, even his cashier had no idea whence came the large sums of money which he had paid away right and left.
Valentine, will you permit me to make a confidant of a friend and reveal to him the love I bear you?
cried Roger Chillingworth, eagerly, as if he loved the topic, and were glad of an opportunity to discuss it with the only person of whom he could make a confidant.
He had been raised by circumstances to the rank of a confidant to his master.
Crawford with either sister without observation, and seldom without wonder or censure; and had her confidence in her own judgment been equal to her exercise of it in every other respect, had she been sure that she was seeing clearly, and judging candidly, she would probably have made some important communications to her usual confidant.
Altus just revealed new trailers for "Persona 5," and they introduce the first set of Confidants players can stumble upon in the game.
Nawaz Sharif wants his confidant be the next command Sharif has preference