1 a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
2 an acquaintance or associate
3 an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
4 a fellow member of a party, society, etc.
5 a patron or supporter
a friend of the opera
be friends (with) to be friendly (with)
make friends (with) to become friendly (with)
8 tr an archaic word for →
(Old English freond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frændi, Gothic frijonds, Old High German friunt)
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