Definition of intimate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmət//
(formal) a close personal friend He was a wartime minister and intimate of Churchill. See related entries: Friends
Word Originnoun early 17th cent. (as a noun): from late Latin intimatus, past participle of Latin intimare ‘impress, make familiar’, from intimus ‘inmost’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intimate

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