1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant.
Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. --Dryden.
A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. --Prov. xviii. 24.
2. 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.
Friend, how camest thou in hither? --Matt. xxii. 12.
3. 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.
4. 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.
America was first visited by Friends in 1656. --T. Chase.
5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.]
A friend at court or A friend in court, one disposed to act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or influence.
To be friends with, to have friendly relations with. “He's . . . friends with Cæsar.” --Shak.
To make friends with, to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. “Having now made friends with the Athenians.” --Jowett (Thucyd.).
Friend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Friended; p. pr. & vb. n. Friending.] To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.]
Fortune friends the bold. --Spenser.
n 1: a person you know well and regard with affection and trust;
"he was my best friend at the university"
2: an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in
fight"; "they were friends of the workers" [syn: ally]
3: a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble
remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are
friends of the family" [syn: acquaintance]
4: a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their
supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of
the library" [syn: supporter, protagonist, champion,
5: a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by
George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves
Quakers) [syn: Quaker]