Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "confidante" [confidante]

  • A woman to whom secrets or private matters are disclosed. (noun)
  • A woman character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions of a main character. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "confidante" in a sentence
  • "Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said that with a close Putin confidante now starting a five year term as Moscow's mayor, it is clear where power really lies in Russia today."
  • "Kenneth M. Duberstein, the former Reagan chief of staff and McCain confidante who made an 11th-hour endorsement of Mr. Obama."
  • "Jackson, his chief of staff and confidante, is revered as someone who can deliver him news that he won't hear from anyone else."