- 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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Related Words for acquaintancecolleague, companion, neighbor, friend, associate, familiarity, contact, association, ken, grasp, relationship, understanding, fellowship, cognizance, intimacy, awareness, conversance
Examples from the Web for acquaintance
Contemporary Examples of acquaintance
He insulted a female poet of his acquaintance by remarking “that she and her family were Jews.”Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Not long ago, I mentioned the Victims of Communism Memorial to an acquaintance.Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
In the early 2000s, an acquaintance told Sun about the possibility of doing business in Ethiopia.'Made in China' Now Being Made in Africa
August 23, 2014
James was a very disciplined guy at the time and he was an acquaintance of mine.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco
August 3, 2014
Heim had met von Leers a few times, but it was not an acquaintance he had any interest in deepening.Hunting Down Aribert Heim, Egypt’s Hidden Nazi
Nicholas Kulish, Souad Mekhennet
March 24, 2014
Historical Examples of acquaintance
Keep me posted, please, as to your success in making their acquaintance.
By the way, Miss Gracie, I think he is an acquaintance of yours.
But what would such a rule as that do with most of the Christians of your acquaintance?
A word about Autun itself, a town that improves marvellously on acquaintance.The Roof of France
Yates had one receipt for making the acquaintance of all mankind.In the Midst of Alarms
- 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)
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.
see nodding acquaintance; scrape up an acquaintance.