AskDefine | Define confidant

Dictionary Definition

confidant n : someone to whom private matters are confided [syn: intimate]

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  1. a person in whom one can confide or share one's secrets with: a friend


Extensive Definition

In theater, the confidant (feminine: confidante, same pronunciation) character is usually someone the lead character confides in and trusts. Typically, these consist of the best friend, relative, doctor or boss. The confidant character is most common in romantic comedy film but often appear in other genres.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dutch uncle, Polonius, acquaintance, admonisher, adviser, advocate, alter ego, amigo, backer, backseat driver, best friend, bosom friend, brother, buttinsky, casual acquaintance, close acquaintance, close friend, confidante, consultant, counsel, counselor, expert, familiar, favorer, fellow, fellow creature, fellowman, fidus Achates, friend, guide, inseparable friend, instructor, intimate, kibitzer, lover, man Friday, mate, meddler, mentor, monitor, neighbor, nestor, orienter, other self, partisan, pickup, preceptist, repository, right hand, right-hand man, second self, strong right hand, supporter, sympathizer, teacher, well-wisher
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