The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Friend \Friend\ (fr[e^]nd), n. [OR. frend, freond, AS.
fre['o]nd, prop. p. pr. of fre['o]n, fre['o]gan, to love;
akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love,
OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. fr[ae]ndi kinsman, Sw.
fr[aum]nde. Goth. frij[=o]nds friend, frij[=o]n to love.
[root]83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]
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,
Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend.
A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
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.
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.
5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] --Shak.
A friend at court or A friend in court, one disposed to
act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or
To be friends with, to have friendly relations with. "He's
. . . friends with C[ae]sar." --Shak.
To make friends with, to become reconciled to or on
friendly terms with. "Having now made friends with the
Athenians." --Jowett (Thucyd.).