Meaning of FRIEND in English

FRIEND

/ frend; NAmE / noun

PERSON YOU LIKE

1.

a person you know well and like, and who is not usually a member of your family :

This is my friend Tom.

Is he a friend of yours ?

She's an old friend (= I have known her a long time) .

He's one of my best friends .

a close / good friend

a childhood / family / lifelong friend

I heard about it through a friend of a friend .

She has a wide circle of friends .

—see also boyfriend , fair-weather , false friend , girlfriend , penfriend , school friend , befriend

SUPPORTER

2.

a person who supports an organization, a charity, etc., especially by giving or raising money; a person who supports a particular idea, etc. :

the Friends of St Martin's Hospital

a friend of democracy

NOT ENEMY

3.

a person who has the same interests and opinions as yourself, and will help and support you :

You're among friends here—you can speak freely.

SILLY / ANNOYING PERSON

4.

( ironic ) used to talk about sb you do not know who has done sth silly or annoying :

I wish our friend at the next table would shut up.

IN PARLIAMENT / COURT

5.

( in Britain ) used by a member of parliament to refer to another member of parliament or by a lawyer to refer to another lawyer in a court of law :

my honourable friend , the member for Henley (= in the House of Commons)

my noble friend (= in the House of Lords)

my learned friend (= in a court of law)

IN RELIGION

6.

Friend a member of the Society of Friends

SYN Quaker

IDIOMS

- be / make friends (with sb)

- be (just) good friends

- a friend in need (is a friend indeed)

- have friends in high places

—more at man noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English frēond , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund , from an Indo-European root meaning to love, shared by free .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.