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confidant

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

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

confidant, confidante, confident.
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confidant (ˌkɒnfɪˈdænt, ˈkɒnfɪˌdænt)
 
n
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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confidant
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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