American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. uncountable 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. countable A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a person with whom you are acquainted
- n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
- n. a relationship less intimate than friendship
- From Old French acointance. Compare French accointance. (Wiktionary)
“If we wished to maintain the view that there is no acquaintance with Self, we might argue as follows: We are acquainted with _acquaintance_, and we know that it is a relation.”
“Then I said that you and I were shocked to find Gladys being charged with witchcraft because we had some acquaintance with her—and then I had to rephrase that because the coroner had never heard of the word acquaintance and wanted to know what it meant.”
“An embarrassing question in any case, and doubly so under the circumstances, because my acquaintance is a very learned man, one of the three or four really first-class minds that Europe produced in his generation; and naturally I, as one of the unlearned, was inclined to regard his lightest word with reverence amounting to awe.”
“In fact, I think the relation of subject and object which I call acquaintance is simply the converse of the relation of object and subject which constitutes presentation.”
“The mutual acquaintance is quite the gentleman and has a beautiful family.”
“You seem to think being overly effusive in (mistakenly) praising an acquaintance is the prime issue.”
“And in mentioning that institution, I note that an acquaintance from a Commonwealth country once pointed out to me that while C-SPAN shows just the P.M. getting grilled, the actual Question Time is longer than what gets carried in the US and includes other cabinet members having to look knowledgeable and responsible or face professional embarrassment – no bad thing, if you ask me. wiley Says:”
“That "personal acquaintance" is a religious belief, as is the conclusions you are drawing from what historical evidence there is.”
“As you note, your acquaintance is intelligent and interesting.”
“He also reconnected with Doris Schmitz, an acquaintance from the University of Frankfurt.”
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