What is the meaning of amicus omnium amicus nullorum?

Everybody's friend is nobody's friend?

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That is correct!

There is an implicit est ("is") between amicus omnium and amicus nullorum. It is quite typical to leave this word out; otherwise the translation is very straightforward. Amicus is a friend, and then we have the plural genitives omnium and nullorum, "of everybody" and "of nobody".

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