Meaning

Primary

Close Friend

Alternatives

Best Friend, Good Friend

Word Type

noun

Explanation

A friend who is like one of your parents is someone who will look out for you. They are like family, in fact! That's why this word means best friend or close friend. Just imagine someone who watches over you like a parent would. This is the way to describe them.

Reading

しんゆう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 親友に〜
  • 親友の〜
  • 〜の親友

Common Word Combinations

  • 親友になる
    to become close friends
    親友になれる
    able to become close friends
    親友に言う
    to say to a close friend
  • 親友のすがた
    the figure of one's close friend
    親友の一人
    one of one's close friends
    親友の顔
    face of a close friend
  • 自分の親友
    one's own close friend
    大の親友
    extremely close friend
    本当の親友
    one's real close friend

Context Sentences

ま、親友には反対されたんですけどね。

Well, I was objected to by a close friend.

コウイチとビエトは親友で、友だち以上、こい人未まんのかんけいです。

Koichi and Viet are good friends. They are more than friends, but not lovers.

「ねぇ、知ってる?サラがベスと付き合ってるのよ。」「え、知らなかった。サラのこと親友だと思ってたけど、私そのこと何も聞いてないわ。」

"Hey, you know what? Sara is going out with Beth." "What? I didn’t know that. I thought she was my best friend but she never told me about that."

Kanji Composition