Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Knowledge of a person acquired by a relationship less intimate than friendship.
  • n. A relationship based on such knowledge: struck up an acquaintance with our new neighbor.
  • n. A person whom one knows.
  • n. Knowledge or information about something or someone: has a passing acquaintance with Chinese history.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy
  • n. A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy
  • n. A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being acquainted, or of being more or less intimately conversant (used with reference to both persons and things); knowledge of; experience in: used with with, and formerly sometimes with of.
  • n. A person known to one, especially a person with whom one is not on terms of great intimacy: as, he is not a friend, only an acquaintance.
  • n. The whole body of those with whom one is acquainted: used as a plural, as if for acquaintances. See acquaintant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person with whom you are acquainted
  • n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
  • n. a relationship less intimate than friendship

Etymologies

From Old French acointance. Compare French accointance. (Wiktionary)

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