Definition of false friend noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    false friend

    BrE BrE//ˌfɔːls ˈfrend//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɔːls ˈfrend//
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  1. 1a person who seems to be your friend, but who is not loyal and cannot be trusted
  2. 2a word in a foreign language that looks similar to a word in your own language, but has a different meaning The English word ‘sensible’ and the French word ‘sensible’ are false friends.
  3. Word Origintranslating French faux ami.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: false friend