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.] Shak.
at court or 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.).