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[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒn fɪˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒn fɪˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/
a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
Furniture. confidente.
Origin of confidante
1700-10; < French confidente
Can be confused
confidant, confidante, confident. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for confidante
  • She was a friend and confidante to a wide array of people of all ages who loved her for her warmth and wit.
  • Be friendly and cordial but do not become a friend or confidante of the accused or the accuser.
  • Bob is a true friend and confidante to those who are trying to survive day by day.
  • 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.
  • She remained a trusted confidante for his entire career.
British Dictionary definitions for confidante


/ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt; ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt/
a person, esp a woman, to whom private matters are confided
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for confidante

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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