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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acquaintance, familiarity, conversance, conversancynoun

    personal knowledge or information about someone or something

  2. acquaintance, acquaintanceshipnoun

    a relationship less intimate than friendship

  3. acquaintance, friendnoun

    a person with whom you are acquainted

    "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"


  1. acquaintancenoun

    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.

  2. acquaintancenoun

    A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

  3. Etymology: From acointance. Compare French accointance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Acquaintancenoun

    Etymology: accointance, Fr.

    Nor was his acquaintance less with the famous poets of his age, than with the noblemen and ladies. Dryd.

    Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person, without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 256.

    Would we be admitted into an acquaintance with God: let us study to resemble him. We must be partakers of a divine nature, in order to partake of this high privilege and alliance. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Brave soldier, pardon me,
    That any accent breaking from my tongue,
    Should ’scape the true acquaintance of mine ear. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    This keeps the understanding long in converse with an object, and long converse brings acquaintance. Robert South, Sermons.

    In what manner he lived with those who were of his neighbourhood and acquaintance, how obliging his carriage was to them, what kind offices he did, and was always ready to do them, I forbear particularly to say. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    I hope I am pretty near seeing you, and therefore I would cultivate an acquaintance; because if you do not know me when we meet, you need only keep one of my letters, and compare it with my face; for my face and letters are counterparts of my heart. Jonathan Swift, to Pope, Letter xii.

    A long noviciate of acquaintance should precede the vows of friendship. Henry St. John Bolingbroke.

    But she, all vow’d unto the red-cross knight,
    His wand’ring peril closely did lament,
    Ne in this new acquaintance could delight,
    But her dear heart with anguish did torment. F. Queen, b. i.

    That young men travel under some tutor, I allow well, so that he be such a one that may be able to tell them, what acquaintances they are to seek, what exercises or discipline the place yieldeth. Francis Bacon, Essay xix.

    This, my lord, has justly acquired you as many friends, as there are persons who have the honour to be known to you; meer acquaintance you have none, you have drawn them all into a nearer line; and they who have conversed with you, are for ever after inviolably yours. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedicat.

    We see he is ashamed of his nearest acquaintances. Robert Boyle, against Bentley.


  1. acquaintance

    The concept of interpersonal relationship involves social associations, connections, or affiliations between two or more people. Interpersonal relationships vary in their degree of intimacy or self-disclosure, but also in their duration, in their reciprocity and in their power distribution, to name only a few dimensions. The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship, marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of worship. Relationships may be regulated by law, custom, or mutual agreement, and form the basis of social groups and of society as a whole. Interpersonal relationships are created by people's interactions with one another in social situations.This association of interpersonal relations being based on social situation has inference since in some degree love, solidarity, support, regular business interactions, or some other type of social connection or commitment. Interpersonal relationships thrive through equitable and reciprocal compromise they form in the context of social, cultural and other influences. The study of interpersonal relationships involves several branches of the social sciences, including such disciplines as communication studies, psychology, anthropology, social work, sociology, and mathematics. The scientific study of relationships evolved during the 1990s and came to be referred to as "relationship science," after research done by Ellen Berscheid and Elaine Hatfield. This field of study distinguishes itself from anecdotal evidence or from pseudo-experts by basing conclusions on data and objective analysis.


  1. acquaintance

    An acquaintance is a person one knows slightly but is not a close friend. This could be someone you have met, interacted or worked with on a few occasions, but do not have a deep or intimate relationship with. They can also be known through another person, such as a friend of a friend.

  2. acquaintance

    An acquaintance is a person one knows slightly, but is not a close friend. This could be someone met through school, work, conferences, or social events. The relationship is usually based on shared experiences or interests, but does not have the depth and personal connection that a friendship might have.

  3. acquaintance

    An acquaintance is a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend or someone you have a personal relationship with. Typically, this relationship can be through work, school, social gatherings, or other casual settings. It is a person whose company one may enjoy in a social context, but with whom one does not have a deep emotional bond.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acquaintancenoun

    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; as, I know the man; but have no acquaintance with him

  2. Acquaintancenoun

    a person or persons with whom one is acquainted

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. acquaintance

    Any one we bow to politely at the opera or shake hands with warmly in a barroom, but whom we would kick out of our homes. Hence, any one who has refused us a loan.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acquaintance in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acquaintance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of acquaintance in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Todres:

    Hollywood loves a very dramatic abduction and similar stories, but that is not what typically happens in trafficking cases, it is usually someone they know or someone that an acquaintance knows. So it may be that a peer introduces them to someone who ends up recruiting for a trafficking ring.

  2. John Calvin:

    Without Christ, sciences in every department are vain....The man who knows not God is vain, though he should be conversant with every branch of learning. Nay more, we may affirm this too with truth, that these choice gifts of God -- expertness of mind, acuteness of judgment, liberal sciences, and acquaintance with languages, are in a manner profaned in every instance in which they fall to the lot of wicked men.

  3. Franklin P. Jones:

    Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

  4. Penelope Fitzgerald:

    It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.

  5. Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal":

    I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. currish
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