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confidante

[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒn fɪˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒn fɪˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/
noun
1.
a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.
2.
Furniture. confidente.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French confidente
Can be confused
confidant, confidante, confident.
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British Dictionary definitions for confidantes

confidante

/ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt; ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt/
noun
1.
a person, esp a woman, to whom private matters are confided
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Word Origin and History for confidantes

confidante

n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for confidantes

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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