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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 of confidante
1700-1710
1700-10; < French confidente
Can be confused
confidant, confidante, confident.

confidente

or confidante

[kon-fi-dant, -dahnt, kon-fi-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒn fɪˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒn fɪˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/
noun
1.
a sofa or settee, especially of the 18th century, having a triangular seat at each end divided from the greater part of the seat by an armrest.
Origin
< French, special use of confidente female confidant
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  • As I was saying, you seem quite a superior young person, and no doubt I am not the first who has made you a sort of confidante.

  • Her occupation as Dick's liege lady, confidante, and tormentor would be gone.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Her letters were written by a confidante of hers, who writes better than she can—look here.

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 William Makepeace Thackeray
  • But that which especially distressed her now was that she had not made a confidante of Hubertine.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Miss Lawrence would scarcely make a confidante of her maid, more especially of such a maid as this!

    That Affair at Elizabeth Burton E. Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for confidante

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 confidante
n.

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

confidente

n.

see confidant.

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