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.

Definitions of friend
  1. noun
    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
    “he was my best friend at the university”
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    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
  2. noun
    an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
    synonyms: ally
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    enemy, foe, nemesis
    a personal enemy
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    blood brother
    a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
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    associate
    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
  3. noun
    a person with whom you are acquainted
    “we are friends of the family”
    synonyms: acquaintance
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    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
  4. noun
    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
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    advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
    a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
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