from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
- n. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
- n. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
- n. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
- n. A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- transitive v. Archaic To befriend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
- n. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
- n. An associate who provides assistance.
- n. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
- n. A person who backs or supports something.
- n. An object or idea that can be used for good.
- n. Used as a form of address when warning someone.
- n. In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.
- v. To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
- v. To add (a person) to a list of friends on a social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant.
- n. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also, one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a term of friendly address.
- n. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter.
- n. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers.
- n. A paramour of either sex.
- transitive v. To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is attached to another by feelings of personal regard and preference; one who entertains for another sentiments which lead him to seek his company and to study to promote his welfare.
- n. One not hostile; one of the same nation, party, or kin; one at amity with another; an ally: opposed to foe or enemy.
- n. One who is favorable, as to a cause, institution, or class; a favorer or promoter: as, a friend of or to commerce; a friend of or to public schools.
- n. Used as a term of salutation, or in familiar address.
- n. [capitalized] A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- n. A lover, of either sex.
- n. In Scotslaw, a tutor or curator.
- n. Synonyms Companion, Comrade, etc. See associate.
- n. Patron, advocate, partizan, well-wisher.
- To befriend.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
- n. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
- n. an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
- n. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
- n. a person with whom you are acquainted
Middle English, from Old English frēond.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English frende, frend, freond, from Old English frēond ("friend, relative, lover", literally "loving-[one]"), from Proto-Germanic *frijōndz (“lover, friend”), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (“to like, love”). Cognate with West Frisian freon, froen, freondinne ("friend"), Dutch vriend ("friend"), Low German frund, fründ ("friend, relative"), German Freund ("friend"), Danish frænde ("kinsman"), Swedish frände ("kinsman, relative"), Icelandic frændi ("kinsman"), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽𐌳𐍃 (frijōnds, "friend"). More at free. (Wiktionary)