Meaning of FRIEND in English

FRIEND

I. ˈfrend noun

Etymology: Middle English frend, from Old English frēond; akin to Old High German friunt friend, Old English frēon to love, frēo free

Date: before 12th century

1.

a. : one attached to another by affection or esteem

b. : acquaintance

2.

a. : one that is not hostile

b. : one that is of the same nation, party, or group

3. : one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)

4. : a favored companion

5. capitalized : a member of a Christian sect that stresses Inner Light, rejects sacraments and an ordained ministry, and opposes war — called also Quaker

• friend·less ˈfren(d)-ləs adjective

• friend·less·ness noun

- be friends with

II. transitive verb

Date: 13th century

: to act as the friend of : befriend

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