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Usage statistics for the noun friend:

spoken English38.65%written English61.35% conversational speech54.29%task-oriented speech45.71% imaginative writing61.94%informational writing38.06%
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Friend is sometimes a misspelling of friends.

The word friend is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun friend

What does friend mean as a name of something?

Friend is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • friend: friends
  • Friend: Friends

  1. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
    • example: he was my best friend at the university
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: individual / mortal / person / somebody / someone / soul = a human being
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • Damon and Pythias = according to a Greek legend: when Pythias was sentenced to be executed Damon took his place to allow Pythias to get his affairs in order
      • Damon = the friend of Phintias who pledged his life that Phintias would return
      • Phintias / Pythias = friend of Damon; Phintias (according to legend) was condemned to death by Dionysius the Elder and asked a respite to put his affairs in order; Damon pledged his life for the return of his friend
  2. an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of friend: ally
    • antonym of friend: foe
    • more generic word: associate = a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
    • more specific term: blood brother = a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
  3. a person with whom you are acquainted
  4. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
  5. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)

Alternative definition of the noun friend


  1. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
  2. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
  3. An associate who provides assistance.
  4. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
  5. A person who backs or supports something.
  6. [informal] An object or idea that can be used for good.
  7. [colloquial, ironic, used only in the vocative] Used as a form of address when warning someone.
  8. [computing, programming] In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.


  1. A Quaker; a member of the Society of Friends.
  2. (rock-climbing) Brand name of a spring-loaded camming device now manufactured by Wild Country. Now used (often without initial capital) to refer to any such device.

Definition of the verb friend

What does friend mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: friended | friending | friends

  1. include to the list of contacts for a social network
    • example: my old class mates want me to friend them
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • antonym: unfriend
    • more generic word: include = consider as part of something

Phrases with Friend

Phrases starting with the word Friend:

  1. Friend zone
  2. Friend of Mine
  3. Friend of Ours
  4. Friend of Bill W.
  5. Friend of Dorothy

Phrases ending with the word Friend:

  1. Flu Friend
  2. pen-friend
  3. best friend
  4. fast friend
  5. Girl Friend
  6. lady friend
  7. next friend
  8. bosom friend
  9. False friend
  10. False-Friend
  11. Waiter's Friend
  12. Wigner's Friend
  13. Poorman's Friend
  14. Man's Best Friend

Other phrase containing the word Friend:

  1. Best Friend Forever

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Friend

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Google previewMy Best Friend Is a Viral Dancing Zombie (2016)

by Karin Adams

Best Friend Is a Viral Dancing Zombie.

Google previewTake A Girl Like You (2013)

by Kingsley Amis

' 'Julian's friend is a schoolteacher.' By this time it had thebleakauthority of a sentence for English Latin translation. Itsdelivery, however, retained the blurred quality Patrick hadnoticed inthe countess'searlierutterances and, ...

Google previewHow to Survive Mean Girls (2013)

by Lisa Miles, Xanna Eve Chown

THE LOWDOWN Saying sorry Being a good friend also means knowing when to say sorry.

Google previewA Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present Time (1875)

Franklin to Hall

The Friend. An Essay to do Good; or, Relief from the Pressure: Addressed to...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

FRIEND, n. frénd [Goth frzjonda, a friend—from frzjon, to love: Ger. freund, a friend: AS. freond—from freon, to free, to love]: one attached to another by sentiments ...

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Usage statistics about friend

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun friend:

spoken English38.65%written English61.35% conversational speech54.29%task-oriented speech45.71% imaginative writing61.94%informational writing38.06%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun friend:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun friend and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Friend

Friend ship is a great thing to have
When you're in trouble
Call on a friend
When you have friend ship
You always have a friend
Friend ship is wonderful
Friend ship is amazing
Friend ship is being a pal
Right back at your friend (Kathryn Thompson)
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Scrabble value of F4R1I1E1N1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of FRIEND

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