Grammar Tips & Articles »

Confident vs. confidential vs. confidant

Confident, confidant and confidential are similar words that are often confused upon. Let us explore the meaning of each of these words and the difference between them in this article.

1:26 min read
  Ramya Shankar  —  Grammar Tips
Font size:


A close person with whom you share the most secret matters, the kind that cannot be shared with anyone else.

It is a noun and refers to a person. Sometimes, people use ‘confidante’ as an alternative word to refer to females.

  • The actor is a confidante of the director, that’s why he got the part.
  • You are my close confidante and hope that you will never turn me down.


An adjective to describe a person who is sure of oneself. The word originated in the 16th century from the French and Italian confidente and the Latin confident meaning “having full trust”.

Examples –

Confident vs. confidential vs. confidant


Confidential is something that has to be kept a secret. It can be information, documents and so on. Confidential is an adjective. Some synonyms are personal, private or secret.

Examples –

As we see, the words are related in some way but are different and used in different contexts.

Here are some examples with these words to make the difference clearer –

Rate this article:

Have a discussion about this article with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


    "Confident vs. confidential vs. confidant." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 29 Feb. 2024. <>.

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!


    Free Writing Tool:

    Grammar Checker

    Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


    Are you a grammar master?

    Identify the sentence with correct use of the past perfect continuous tense:
    • A. We will be finishing our meal by the time they arrive.
    • B. She had been working for hours before taking a break.
    • C. They have been studying for hours.
    • D. He finished his book before the movie started.

    Improve your writing now:

    Download Grammar eBooks

    It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.