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definition of the word acquaintance

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From Middle English aqueintance, from Old French acointance, from acointier; see also acquaint.



acquaintance (plural acquaintances)

  1. (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
    I know of the man; but have no acquaintance with him.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Sir W. Jones:
      Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance, with a guileful man.
  2. (countable) A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Thomas Macaulay:
      Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.

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