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Definitions of friend

friend (frɛnd



  1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
  2. an acquaintance or associate
  3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
  4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc
  5. a patron or supporter   ⇒  ■ a friend of the opera
  6. See be friends

  7. See make friends


verb (transitive)

  1. to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social networking website
  2. an archaic word for befriend

Derived Forms

ˈfriendless  adjective
ˈfriendlessness  noun
ˈfriendship  noun
ˈfriending  noun

Word Origin

Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt


View thesaurus entry
= companion, pal, mate (informal), buddy (informal), partner, china (British) ( & South Africa) (informal), familiar, best friend, intimate, close friend, comrade, chum (informal), crony, alter ego, confidant, playmate, confidante, main man (slang) (mainly US), soul mate, homeboy (slang) (mainly US), cobber (Australian) ( & New Zealand), cuzzie or cuzzie-bro (New Zealand), E hoa (New Zealand) (old-fashioned) (informal), bosom friend, boon companion, Achates

Quotations including 'friend'

  • "A friend should bear his friend's infirmities" [William Shakespeare
  • "The belongings of friends are common" [Aristotle]
  • "My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake" [Aristotle
  • "Friends are born, not made" [Henry Adams
  • "I count myself nothing else so happyAs in a soul remembering my good friends" [William Shakespeare
  • "True happinessConsists not in the multitude of friends,But in the worth and choice" [Ben Jonson
  • "Friends are God's apology for relatives" [Hugh Kingsmill]
  • "Old friends are the best. King James used to call for his old shoes; for they were easiest for his feet" [John Seldon
  • "Old friends are the blessing of one's later years - half a word conveys one's meaning" [Horace Walpole]
  • "The only way to have a friend is to be one" [Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "When your friend holds you affectionately by both hands you are safe, for you can watch both his" [Ambrose Bierce]
  • "Of two close friends, one is always the slave of the other" [Mikhail Lermontov
  • "A friend in need is a friend indeed"

Friend1 (frɛnd



  1. a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

Friend2 (frɛnd



  1. ®, mountaineering) a device consisting of a shaft with double-headed spring-loaded cams that can be wedged in a crack to provide an anchor point

Translations for 'friend'

  • British English: friend A friend is someone who you know well and like, but who is not related to you.She's my best friend.frɛnd NOUN
  • Arabic: صَدِيق
  • Brazilian Portuguese: amigo amiga
  • Chinese: 朋友
  • Croatian: prijatelj
  • Czech: přítel přítelkyně
  • Danish: ven
  • Dutch: vriend
  • European Spanish: amigo amigacolega
  • Finnish: ystävä
  • French: ami
  • German: Freund Freundin
  • Greek: φίλος φίλη
  • Italian: amico amica
  • Japanese: 友だち
  • Korean: 친구
  • Norwegian: venn venninne
  • Polish: przyjaciel przyjaciółka
  • Portuguese: amigo amiga
  • Romanian: prieten prietenă, prieteni, prietene
  • Russian: друг подруга
  • Spanish: amigo amiga
  • Swedish: vän väninna
  • Thai: เพื่อน
  • Turkish: arkadaş
  • Ukrainian: друг
  • Vietnamese: bạn

Example Sentences Including 'friend'

Except, his conscience said as he drifted off, Nicholas is your friend.
She's a pain in the arse, thought Malone, but she's the sort of friend everyone should have.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
Roger has a secretary, who has a friend or husband, who has... You get the drift.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)


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