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acquaintance

[uh-kweyn-tns] /əˈkweɪn tns/
noun
1.
a person known to one, but usually not a close friend.
2.
the state of being acquainted.
3.
personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.:
a good acquaintance with French wines.
4.
(used with a plural verb) the persons with whom one is acquainted.
Also, acquaintanceship (for defs 2, 3).
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English aqueinta(u)nce, acoyntaunce < Old French acointance. See acquaint, -ance
Related forms
nonacquaintance, noun
nonacquaintanceship, noun
preacquaintance, noun
pseudoacquaintance, noun
reacquaintance, noun
Synonyms
1. Acquaintance, associate, companion, friend refer to a person with whom one is in contact. An acquaintance is someone recognized by sight or someone known, though not intimately: a casual acquaintance. An associate is a person who is often in one's company, usually because of some work, enterprise, or pursuit in common: a business associate. A companion is a person who shares one's activities, fate, or condition: a traveling companion; companion in despair. A friend is a person with whom one is on intimate terms and for whom one feels a warm affection: a trusted friend. 3. familiarity, awareness.
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British Dictionary definitions for re acquaintance

acquaintance

/əˈkweɪntəns/
noun
1.
a person with whom one has been in contact but who is not a close friend
2.
knowledge of a person or thing, esp when slight
3.
make the acquaintance of, to come into social contact with
4.
those persons collectively whom one knows
5.
(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)
Derived Forms
acquaintanceship, noun
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Word Origin and History for re acquaintance

acquaintance

n.

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.

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