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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.
Hector Dick, his best friend , was also jailed in February this year, for an offence related to the inquiry into her disappearance.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
His close friend Evan Whitton called him "the most extraordinary man I ever met".
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
It wasn't organised through the Football Board but offered by a friend of mine.
Irish Times (2002)
Mr Alan Cummins, a student at UCD, was leaving the station with his friend , Ms Jennifer Riley.
Irish Times (2002)
Reading it is like sitting over a few vodkas with a beguiling friend , he says.
Country Life (2005)
Roger has a secretary, who has a friend or husband, who has... You get the drift.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
She enjoys chatting to the strangers who treat her like a friend.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
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)


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