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Definitions of friend

friend (frɛnd Pronunciation for friend



  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, buddy, partner, china, familiar, best friend, intimate, close friend, comrade, chum, crony, alter ego, confidant, playmate, confidante, main man, soul mate, homeboy, cobber, cuzzie or cuzzie-bro, E hoa, bosom friend, boon companion, Achates,
= add, follow,

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 Pronunciation for Friend1



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

Friend2 (frɛnd Pronunciation for Friend2



  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: friendPronunciation for 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: صَدِيقPronunciation for صَدِيق
  • Brazilian Portuguese: amigoPronunciation for amigo amiga
  • Chinese: 朋友Pronunciation for 朋友
  • Croatian: prijateljPronunciation for prijatelj
  • Czech: přítelPronunciation for přítel přítelkyně
  • Danish: venPronunciation for ven
  • Dutch: vriendPronunciation for vriend
  • European Spanish: amigoPronunciation for amigo amigacolega
  • Finnish: ystäväPronunciation for ystävä
  • French: amiPronunciation for ami
  • German: FreundPronunciation for Freund Freundin
  • Greek: φίλοςPronunciation for φίλος φίλη
  • Italian: amicoPronunciation for amico amica
  • Japanese: 友だちPronunciation for 友だち
  • Korean: 친구Pronunciation for 친구
  • Norwegian: vennPronunciation for venn venninne
  • Polish: przyjacielPronunciation for przyjaciel przyjaciółka
  • Portuguese: amigoPronunciation for amigo amiga
  • Romanian: prieten prietenă, prieteni, prietene
  • Russian: другPronunciation for друг подруга
  • Spanish: amigoPronunciation for amigo amiga
  • Swedish: vänPronunciation for vän väninna
  • Thai: เพื่อนPronunciation for เพื่อน
  • Turkish: arkadaşPronunciation for arkadaş
  • Ukrainian: друг
  • Vietnamese: bạnPronunciation for 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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