friend

A friend is your buddy, your pal, your amigo, your comrade. You know, someone you trust and like enough to hang out with on a regular basis.

The noun friend comes to us from the Old English word freond. Back then you had to be careful to not confuse freond with feond, which meant “fiend or enemy.” These days it's pretty tough to get mixed up though. Friends are the people you can count on, the ones that make you laugh and throw you birthday parties. Enemies are generally the mean ones.

Primary Meanings of friend

1.
n
a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
2.
n
a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
Full Definitions of friend
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n a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

“he was my best friend at the university”
Examples:
Damon and Pythias
(Greek mythology) according to a Greek legend: when Pythias was sentenced to be executed Damon took his place to allow Pythias to get his affairs in order; when Pythias returned in time to save Damon the king was so impressed that he let them both live
Damon
the friend of Phintias who pledged his life that Phintias would return (4th century BC)
Phintias
friend of Damon; Phintias (according to legend) was condemned to death by Dionysius the Elder and asked a respite to put his affairs in order; Damon pledged his life for the return of his friend; when Phintias returned in time the tyrant released them both (4th century BC)
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alter ego
a very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of yourself
amigo
a friend or comrade
best friend
the one friend who is closest to you
brother, comrade
used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement
brother, buddy, chum, crony, pal, sidekick
a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
associate, companion, comrade, familiar, fellow
a friend who is frequently in the company of another
confidant, intimate
someone to whom private matters are confided
flatmate
an associate who shares an apartment with you
girlfriend
any female friend
light
a person regarded very fondly
mate
informal term for a friend of the same sex
roomie, roommate, roomy
an associate who shares a room with you
schoolfriend
a friend who attends the same school
cobber
Australian term for a pal
confidante
a female confidant
date, escort
a participant in a date
playfellow, playmate
a companion at play
repository, secretary
a person to whom a secret is entrusted
tovarich, tovarisch
a comrade (especially in Russian communism)
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

Synonyms:
ally
Antonyms:
enemy, foe
a personal enemy
Types:
blood brother
a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
Type of:
associate
a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

n a person with whom you are acquainted

“we are friends of the family”
Synonyms:
acquaintance
Antonyms:
alien, stranger, unknown
anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
stranger
an individual that one is not acquainted with
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bunkmate
someone who occupies the same sleeping quarters as yourself
campmate
someone who lives in the same camp you do
connection
(usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)
end man
a man at one end of a row of people
homeboy
a male friend from your neighborhood or hometown
messmate
(nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)
pickup
a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
class fellow, classmate, schoolfellow, schoolmate
an acquaintance that you go to school with
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
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n a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

“they are friends of the library”
Synonyms:
admirer, booster, champion, protagonist, supporter
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anglophil, anglophile
an admirer of England and things English
believer, truster
a supporter who accepts something as true
Boswell
a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds
cheerleader
an enthusiastic and vocal supporter
Confederate
a supporter of the Confederate States of America
corporatist
a supporter of corporatism
enthusiast, partisan, partizan
an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
Francophil, Francophile
an admirer of France and everything French
free trader
an advocate of unrestricted international trade
functionalist
an adherent of functionalism
Jacobite
a supporter of James II after he was overthrown or a supporter of the Stuarts
loyalist, stalwart
a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
New Dealer
a supporter of the economic policies in the United States known as the New Deal
Graecophile, philhellene, philhellenist
an admirer of Greece and everything Greek
mainstay, pillar
a prominent supporter
Roundhead
a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
seconder
someone who endorses a motion or petition as a necessary preliminary to a discussion or vote
Shavian
an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works
endorser, indorser, ratifier, subscriber
someone who expresses strong approval
sympathiser, sympathizer, well-wisher
someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful
toaster, wassailer
someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture
maintainer, sustainer, upholder
someone who upholds or maintains
verifier, voucher
someone who vouches for another or for the correctness of a statement
Whig
a supporter of the American Revolution
abiogenist
a believer in abiogenesis
addict, freak, junkie, junky, nut
someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
apostle
an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform
backslapper
someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality
balletomane
a ballet enthusiast
bleeding heart
someone who is excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be exploited or underprivileged
colonialist
a believer in colonialism
Confederate soldier
a soldier in the Army of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
Confucian, Confucianist
a believer in the teachings of Confucius
evolutionist
a person who believes in organic evolution
fanatic, fiend
a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
fellow traveler, fellow traveller
a communist sympathizer (but not a member of the Communist Party)
gadgeteer
a person who delights in designing or building or using gadgets
imperialist
a believer in imperialism
Malthusian
a believer in Malthusian theory
shutterbug
a photography enthusiast
fan, rooter, sports fan
an enthusiastic devotee of sports
vitalist
one who believes in vitalism
Type of:
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea