[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, -duhnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt]
a close friend or associate to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.

1705–15; < French confident < Italian confidente, noun use of adj.; see confident

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confidant (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 confīdensconfident]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, confident, "(male) person trusted with private affairs," from Fr. confident (16c.), from It. confidente "a trusty friend," lit. "confident, trusty," from L. confidente, from confidere (see confidence). The spelling with -a- came to predominate 18c. and might reflect the Fr. pronunciation.
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Example sentences
For example, a confidant is particularly helpful during mourning.
The right not to be used as a confidant regarding the legal proceedings between the parties.
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