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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRIEND

He gazed on the bright landscape, as if it had been the countenance of a friend.

By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.

With an undefined feeling of awe, she looked in the countenance of her friend.

I want him to think he ain't got a friend on earth but himself.

He said he was out hunting with a friend, and his friend's gun went off accidentally.

“Yet mayhap he might do something for thee, friend Ambrose,” added the armourer.

There was, however, one exception, and that was his friend Windich (native).

She found a friend in a white lady, who knew her story and helped her on her way.

My friend was, if any thing, kinder and more affectionate than ever.

"Come to me to-morrow, Caleb," continued my friend, changing the subject.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English freond "friend," present participle of freogan "to love, to favor," from Proto-Germanic *frijojanan "to love" (cf. Old Norse frændi, Old Frisian friund, Middle High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds "friend," all alike from present participle forms). Related to Old English freo "free" (see free (adj.)).

Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were paired alliteratively in Old English; both are masculine agent nouns derived from present participle of verbs, but are not directly related to one another (see fiend). Related: Friends.

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