Any person having affection or attachment to another person.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
FRIENDS Term used to indicate close acquaintances. Since Jesus called his disciples friends (Lk 12:4; Jn 15:14–15), it would have been natural for Christians to refer to themselves as “the friends of Christ,” especially since such terminology was used for members of philosophical groups in the Greek
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FRIEND, FRIENDSHIP. Two OT words, Heb. rēa‘ (and its derivatives), “friend”, “neighbor”, “companion”; and ’ōhēb (participle of ’āhab, “to love”), “lover,” “beloved friend”; and two NT words, Gr. hetairos, “comrade,” “neighbor,” “friend”; and philos, “beloved friend”, refer to comrades and close friends.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
FriendIn biblical usage, a term covering a broad spectrum of relationships, from the intimate to the remote. The OT captures the sense of these relationships in the substantives drawn basically from the roots ʾhb and rʿh. In the LXX and NT the usual word is Gk. phɩ́los, and occasionally hetaɩ́ros. The
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FRIEND. A person with whom one has friendly communications (Gen. 38:12, 20; 2 Sam. 13:3; Job 2:11; 19:21; etc.); also a lover, one beloved of a woman (song of Sol. 5:16; Jer. 3:1, 20, NASB, KJV, and NIV, “lovers”); and in Judg. 14:20 it is used in the sense of “the friend of the bridegroom” (John 3:29),
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FRIEND - a person whom one loves and trusts; close companion or comrade (Gen. 38:12). Perhaps the most famous friendship in the Bible was that of David and Jonathan (1 Sam. 18:1-4). Abraham was called God’s friend (2 Chr. 20:7), and God spoke to Moses "face to face, as a man speaks to his friend" (Ex.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FRIEND; FRIENDSHIP<frend>, <frend’-ship>: In the Old Testament two words, variously translated “friend” or “companion”: [רֵעֶה, rèeh], indicating a mere associate, passing friend, neighbor, or companion; [אָהַב, ’ahabh], indicating affection natural or unnatural. In the New Testament also two words:
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FRIEND, FRIENDSHIP Close trusting relationship between two people. Nowhere does the Bible present a concise definition of “friend” or “friendship.” Instead, both the OT and NT present friendship in its different facets.Two Hebrew root words, rʿh and ʾhb, are used to describe friendship. Rʿh denotes
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
friend, friendship. Besides references to friendship in various forms, such as hospitality, the term friend occurs frequently in the Bible. Although the word can be used as a simple term of familiar, kindly address (Gk. hetairos G2279, Matt. 20:13; 22:12), it usually means a well-disposed acquaintance,