acquaintance


acquaintance
acquaintance (n.) c.1300, "state of being acquainted;" late 14c., "person with whom one is acquainted;" also "personal knowledge;" from O.Fr. acointance "acquaintance, friendship, familiarity," noun of action from acointer (see ACQUAINT (Cf. acquaint)). Acquaintant (17c.), would have been better in the "person known" sense but is now obsolete.

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  • Acquaintance — Ac*quaint ance, n. [OE. aqueintance, OF. acointance, fr. acointier. See {Acquaint}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquaintance — [ə kwānt′ ns] n. 1. knowledge (of something) gotten from personal experience or study of it [an intimate acquaintance with the plays of Jonson] 2. the state or relation of being acquainted (with someone) 3. a person or persons whom one knows, but …   English World dictionary

  • acquaintance — [n1] a person known informally associate, association, colleague, companion, contact, friend, neighbor; concept 423 Ant. stranger acquaintance [n2] knowledge of something through experience awareness, cognizance, conversance, familiarity,… …   New thesaurus

  • acquaintance — and description …   Philosophy dictionary

  • acquaintance — index cognition, experience (background), knowledge (awareness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acquaintance — *friend, intimate, confidant Analogous words: *associate, companion, comrade, crony Contrasted words: *stranger, outsider …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acquaintance — ► NOUN 1) familiarity with or knowledge of someone or something. 2) a person one knows slightly …   English terms dictionary

  • acquaintance — n. familiarity 1) to have an acquaintance with (he has some acquaintance with statistics) 2) a slight, superficial acquaintance 3) on acquaintance (on closer acquaintance he proved to be a nice person) 4) an acquaintance with casual friendship 5) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • acquaintance — ac|quaint|ance [əˈkweıntəns] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(somebody you know)¦ 2¦(relationship)¦ 3 make somebody s acquaintance 4¦(knowledge)¦ 5 of your acquaintance 6 on first acquaintance ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(SOMEBODY YOU KNOW)¦ someone you know, but who is not a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • acquaintance — noun 1 person you know ADJECTIVE ▪ casual ▪ I ran into a casual acquaintance in town. ▪ new ▪ close, old ▪ business …   Collocations dictionary


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