A best friend is the person you are closest to emotionally without romantic attachments. Typically, you will communicate with your best friend more frequently than other friends. For example, you may spend an entire day together and then call each other up that night to talk about your day! Best friends accept you for who you are and allow you to be yourself.
Typical characteristics of a best friend include someone who you can laugh easily with, a person who "gets you," and someone you share a great deal of things in common with.
Not everyone has a best friend, nor should they. Best friend relationships cannot be forced, but need to come naturally as the result of two people who really bond. Best friends can stay close for a number of years, but like any friendship, may end at some point. The loss of a relationship like this can be especially hard to get over.
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"I don't know what I'd do without Laura. She's been my best friend for fifteen years."