Definition of acquaintance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈkweɪntəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkweɪntəns//
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  1. 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. 2[uncountable, countable] acquaintance (with somebody) (formal) slight friendship He hoped their acquaintance would develop further.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] acquaintance with something (formal) knowledge of something I had little acquaintance with modern poetry.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘mutual knowledge, being acquainted’): from Old French acointance, from acointier ‘make known’, from late Latin accognitare, from Latin accognoscere, from ad- ‘to’ + cognoscere ‘come to know’.Extra examples He introduced me to a lady of his acquaintance. He was greeted as an old acquaintance. I bumped into a casual acquaintance in town. I first made his acquaintance in 1992. I first met Simon in 1998 and struck up an acquaintance with him. On first acquaintance she seemed a little odd. They have little acquaintance with colloquial English. a man with whom I had a passing acquaintance her acquaintance with modern French philosophy Claire has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. I don’t know him socially, he’s just a business acquaintance. I’m delighted to make your acquaintance, Mrs Baker. No one else of my acquaintance was as rich and successful.Idioms
    have a nodding acquaintance with somebody/something
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    to only know somebody/something slightly
    make somebody’s acquaintance, make the acquaintance of somebody
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    (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’.
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