- a person known to one, but usually not a close friend.
- the state of being acquainted or casually familiar with someone or something: As far as I know, no one of my acquaintance has traveled around the world.
- personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.: a good acquaintance with French wines.
- (used with a plural verb) the persons with whom one is acquainted.
Origin of acquaintance
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Examples from the Web for acquaintanceship
Police say they believe the younger suspect used the acquaintanceship to draw her into the house, where she was strangled.Was Autumn Pasquale Killed Over a Bicycle? Teen Brothers Charged
October 24, 2012
The Doctor was learned; but this acquaintanceship, this education, he had never got.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
I ask this because I'm afraid that if he does, he might object to our—our acquaintanceship.Mixed Faces
In fact, one thing is clear to me, she must discontinue your acquaintanceship at once.The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)
It might at least go some way towards finishing our acquaintanceship.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
For the first time in our acquaintanceship, I succeeded in interesting him in the Indian.A Daughter of the Middle Border
- a person with whom one has been in contact but who is not a close friend
- knowledge of a person or thing, esp when slight
- make the acquaintance of to come into social contact with
- those persons collectively whom one knows
- philosophy the relation between a knower and the object of his knowledge, as contrasted with knowledge by description (esp in the phrase knowledge by acquaintance)
Word Origin and History for acquaintanceship
c.1300, "state of being acquainted;" late 14c., "person with whom one is acquainted;" also "personal knowledge;" from Old French acointance "acquaintance, friendship, familiarity," noun of action from acointer (see acquaint). Acquaintant (17c.), would have been better in the "person known" sense but is now obsolete.