confidante

[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt]
noun
1.
a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
2.
Furniture. confidente.

Origin:
1700–10; < French confidente

confidant, confidante, confident.
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confidante (ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt, ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt)
 
n
a person, esp a woman, to whom private matters are confided

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confidante
1709, "female confidant," from Fr. confidente, fem. of confident (see confidant).
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confidante

type of sofa that has a seat at each end separated from the main seat by an upholstered arm. This form was first used in France in the mid-18th century and was subsequently introduced into England. George Hepplewhite illustrated one in Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide (1788).

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Example sentences
She was a friend and confidante to a wide array of people of all ages who loved her for her warmth and wit.
He had been looking for someone who knew the university and could act as a confidante and a messenger.
She would become what was described as his closest confidante.
Be friendly and cordial but do not become a friend or confidante of the accused or the accuser.
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