- 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. Wordfinderacquaintance, bond, buddy, companion, comrade, friend, mate, neighbour, platonic, playmate See related entries: Friends
- 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. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘mutual knowledge, being acquainted’): from Old French acointance, from acointier
(formal) to meet somebody for the first time I am delighted to make your acquaintance, Mrs Baker. I made the acquaintance of several musicians around that time. (formal) that you know No one else of my acquaintance was as rich or successful. (formal) when you first meet somebody Even on first acquaintance it was clear that he was not ‘the right type’.