What does friend mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. friendnoun

    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

    "he was my best friend at the university"

  2. ally, friendnoun

    an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

    "he's a good ally in fight"

  3. acquaintance, friendnoun

    a person with whom you are acquainted

    "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"

  4. supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friendnoun

    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"

  5. Friend, Quakernoun

    a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)

Wiktionary

  1. friendnoun

    A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  2. friendnoun

    A boyfriend or girlfriend.

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    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  3. friendnoun

    An associate who provides assistance.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  4. friendnoun

    A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  5. friendnoun

    A person who backs or supports something.

    I'm not a friend of cheap wine.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  6. friendnoun

    An object or idea that can be used for good.

    Google is your friend.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  7. friendnoun

    Used as a form of address when warning someone.

    You'd better watch it, friend.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  8. friendnoun

    In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  9. friendverb

    To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  10. friendverb

    To add a person to a list of friends on one's social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  11. Friendnoun

    A Quaker; a member of the Society of Friends.

    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

  12. Friendnoun

    (rock-climbing) Brand name of a spring-loaded camming device now manufactured by Wild Country. Now used (often without initial capital) to refer to any such device.

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    Etymology: From frend, freond, from freond, from frijōndz, from prēy-. Cognate with freon, froen, freondinne, vriend, frund, fründ, Freund, frænde, frände, frændi, 034603420339033E0349033D03330343. More at free.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Friendnoun

    one who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society aud welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant

    Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

  2. Friendnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

  3. Friendnoun

    one who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, a friend to commerce, to poetry, to an institution

    Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

  4. Friendnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

  5. Friendnoun

    a paramour of either sex

    Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

  6. Friendverb

    to act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend

    Etymology: [OE. frend, freond, AS. frend, prop. p. pr. of fren, fregan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frndi kinsman, Sw. frnde. Goth. frijnds friend, frijn to love. 83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]

Freebase

  1. Friend

    Friend is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,027.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Friend

    frend, n. one loving or attached to another: an intimate acquaintance: a favourer: one of a society so called: (Scot.) a relative.—v.t. (obs.) to befriend.—adj. Friend′ed, supplied with friends.—n. Friend′ing (Shak.), friendliness.—adj. Friend′less, without friends: destitute.—n. Friend′lessness.—adv. Friend′lily.—n. Friend′liness.—adj. Friend′ly, like a friend: having the disposition of a friend: favourable: pertaining to the Friends or Quakers.—n. Friend′ship, attachment from mutual esteem: friendly assistance.—Friendly societies, or Benefit societies, associations, chiefly among mechanics, &c., for relief during sickness, old age, widowhood, by provident insurance.—Be friends with, to be on intimate or friendly relations with; Have a friend at court, to have a friend in a position where his influence is likely to prove useful; Society of Friends, the designation proper of a sect of Christians better known as Quakers. [A.S. fréond, pr.p. of fréon, to love; Ger. freund.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. friend

    The masterpiece of Nature.

Rap Dictionary

  1. friendnoun

    A firearm, orginally from the movie Scarface. "Stay in your place I recommend, Or say hello to my little friend" -- G-Unit (My Buddy)

Editors Contribution

  1. friend

    A person we love to share time with.

    We are so grateful in life to have a friend.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'friend' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #579

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'friend' in Written Corpus Frequency: #803

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'friend' in Nouns Frequency: #76

Anagrams for friend »

  1. finder

  2. refind

  3. finder, refind

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of friend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of friend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of friend in a Sentence

  1. Jang Se-yul:

    No one knows ... his company runs business as usual. That’s why what he does is scarier, my friend, who belongs to a rural area, could bring all of his family to Pyongyang. Incentives for North Korea’s cyber experts are very strong ... they are rich people in Pyongyang.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    If elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel. But to be successful, we have to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people.

  3. Laurence J. Peter:

    You can always tell a real friend when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    He who has a thousand friendsHas not a friend to spare,While he who has one enemyShall meet him everywhere.

  5. Donald Trump:

    It has not been an issue for us. I have great respect for her, she's been a great friend to me. I've been a great friend to her. So, you know, the politics of our parents is not relevant to our friendship.

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