- 1[countable] a person that you know but who is not a close friend Claire has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He's just a business acquaintance. I bumped into an old acquaintance on the train.
- 2[uncountable, countable] acquaintance (with somebody) (formal) slight friendship He hoped their acquaintance would develop further.
- 3[uncountable, countable] acquaintance with something (formal) knowledge of something I had little acquaintance with modern poetry. Idioms
to only know someone or something slightly
have a nodding acquaintance with somebody/somethingjump to other results
to meet someone for the first time I am delighted to make your acquaintance, Mrs. Baker. I made the acquaintance of several musicians around that time.
make somebody's acquaintance, make the acquaintance of somebody (formal)jump to other results
that you know No one else of my acquaintance was as rich or successful.
of your acquaintance (formal)jump to other results
when you first meet someone Even on first acquaintance it was clear that he was not “the right type.”
on/at first acquaintance (formal)jump to other results