Definitions for: Acquaintance

[n] personal knowledge or information about someone or something
[n] a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
[n] a relationship less intimate than friendship

Webster (1913) Definition: Ac*quaint"ance, n. [OE. aqueintance, OF.
acointance, fr. acointier. See Acquaint.]
1. 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.

Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance, with a
guileful man. --Sir W.

2. A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.

Note: In this sense the collective term acquaintance was
formerly both singular and plural, but it is now
commonly singular, and has the regular plural

To be of acquaintance, to be intimate.

To take acquaintance of or with, to make the acquaintance
of. [Obs.]

Syn: Familiarity; intimacy; fellowship; knowledge.

Usage: Acquaintance, Familiarity, Intimacy. These words
mark different degrees of closeness in social
intercourse. Acquaintance arises from occasional
intercourse; as, our acquaintance has been a brief
one. We can speak of a slight or an intimate
acquaintance. Familiarity is the result of continued
acquaintance. It springs from persons being frequently
together, so as to wear off all restraint and reserve;
as, the familiarity of old companions. Intimacy is the
result of close connection, and the freest interchange
of thought; as, the intimacy of established

Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our
nearer acquaintance with him. --Addison.

We contract at last such a familiarity with them
as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call
off our minds. --Atterbury.

It is in our power to confine our friendships
and intimacies to men of virtue. --Rogers.

Synonyms: acquaintanceship, conversance, conversancy, familiarity, friend

See Also: bunkmate, campmate, class fellow, classmate, connection, end man, homeboy, human, individual, information, messmate, mortal, person, pickup, relationship, schoolfellow, schoolmate, somebody, someone, soul

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