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con·fi·dant

 (kŏn′fĭ-dănt′, -dänt′, kŏn′fĭ-dănt′, -dänt′)
n.
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.]

confidant

(ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt; ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt)
n
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]

con•fi•dant

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

n.
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]

confidant

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

confidant

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

confidant

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

confidant

[ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt] Nconfidente m

confidant

[ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt] nconfident m

confidant

nVertraute(r) m

confidant

[ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt] nconfidente m
References in classic literature ?
Weston depended, and felt, that to be the favourite and intimate of a man who had so many intimates and confidantes, was not the very first distinction in the scale of vanity.
Now, my best of confidantes," said Richard, "I want my cousin Ada to understand that I am not captious, fickle, and wilful about John Jarndyce, but that I have this purpose and reason at my back.
Meg was Amy's confidante and monitor, and by some strange attraction of opposites Jo was gentle Beth's.
From this time the subject was never revived by Elinor, and when entered on by Lucy, who seldom missed an opportunity of introducing it, and was particularly careful to inform her confidante, of her happiness whenever she received a letter from Edward, it was treated by the former with calmness and caution, and dismissed as soon as civility would allow; for she felt such conversations to be an indulgence which Lucy did not deserve, and which were dangerous to herself.
Well, then, in the time of this good king that famous order of chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table was instituted, and the amour of Don Lancelot of the Lake with the Queen Guinevere occurred, precisely as is there related, the go-between and confidante therein being the highly honourable dame Quintanona, whence came that ballad so well known and widely spread in our Spain-
Now, as she pressed Geeka close to her, her sobs lessened gradually, until she was able to control her voice, and pour out her misery into the ivory ear of her only confidante.
Jane's delicate sense of honour would not allow her to speak to Elizabeth privately of what Lydia had let fall; Elizabeth was glad of it; -- till it appeared whether her inquiries would receive any satisfaction, she had rather be without a confidante.
No want of understrappers: my sister desires her love, and hopes to be admitted into the company, and will be happy to take the part of any old duenna or tame confidante, that you may not like to do yourselves.
Raoul opened one of the side windows, and then, being alone with Louise, said to her: "You know, Louise, that from my childhood I have regarded you as my sister, as one who has been the confidante of all my troubles, to whom I have entrusted all my hopes.