friend noun definition in Friends topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

friend

 noun: Friends topic
a person you know well and like, and who is not usually a member of your family This is my friend Tom. Is he a friend of yours? She's an old friend (= I have known her a long time). He's one of my best friends. a close/good friend a childhood/family/lifelong friend I heard about it through a friend of a friend. She has a wide circle of friends.

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