Noun Acquaintance Definition and Examples







Knowledge or experience of something.
  1. 'Black manages to compress a good deal into a limited space, calling on his thorough acquaintance with a vast array of primary sources.'
  2. 'Our first acquaintance with power is, presumably, our experience of the power of personal agency.'
  3. 'I left feeling a bit cheated, but in the following days renewed my acquaintance with the Shostakovich concerto - encouraged by the memory of an inspired performance.'
  4. 'Intuition represents knowledge by ‘direct acquaintance with things.’'
  5. 'Long acquaintance with a work is therefore essential.'
  6. 'It's appalling to think that a book like this may enter classrooms and inflict itself on young minds with little or no acquaintance with art history.'
  7. 'Sentimental souls are invited to renew their acquaintance with the Warrumbungle National Park during its 50 year celebrations next month.'
  8. 'Long acquaintance with her own profession makes her impatient with fantasists and phonies.'
  9. 'After graduating from Paris, Burman returned to India to renew his acquaintance with the tradition of the art and the culture of his native land.'
  10. 'Should the rest of us trust what we see on television when our acquaintance with a case is confined to that little bit of testimony that is billed as a confession?'
  11. 'I renewed my acquaintance with Herbert'
  12. 'It was lovely to renew acquaintance with Gareth Edwards in particular, possibly the greatest ever scrum half, whose fine Welsh accent endears him.'
  13. 'Now, because of her acquaintance with Moher, Zalie was looked at as if she were one of the most important people ever born.'
  14. 'If, during the course of the night, you happen to meet two philosophical ladies of your acquaintance, it is important that you conduct yourself respectably.'
  15. 'With the renewal of his acquaintance with her, Jean's life takes a new turn.'
  16. 'Now, have you had opportunities, in the course of your acquaintance with Mr. Favreau, to watch him walk?'
  17. 'If you get some special facilities because of your acquaintance with the doctor, don't make it public - have regard for the feelings and sentiments of other patients.'
  18. 'Over the five years of our acquaintance with her, Fanny avoids pregnancy when it would be professionally inconvenient.'
  19. 'It was the most amazing part of his acquaintance with her yet.'
  20. 'I genuinely love the company of women, unlike certain misogynistic Lotharios of my acquaintance.'
  21. 'My acquaintance with her just before she entered government made the experience particularly alarming.'
A person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend.
  1. 'Most people are content with having more acquaintances and very few friends.'
  2. 'To give an example from the purely personal level, an elderly female acquaintance of mine does not drink coffee.'
  3. 'He had big-name friends, acquaintances, mistresses and more book deals waiting.'
  4. 'The rest of the male participants were thought to be friends, acquaintances and hangers on.'
  5. 'In some ways it is not the close friends but the acquaintances I miss the most.'
  6. 'The people I called friends, more close acquaintances, left for university.'
  7. 'I have observed something completely different within my own circle of friends and acquaintances.'
  8. 'People who have had that sort of bad experience are reluctant to return and warn off their friends and acquaintances as well.'
  9. 'And the news from business partners, friends and acquaintances in America is similar.'
  10. 'Most of my friends and acquaintances are anti-war or at least uncomfortable about it.'
  11. 'His death evoked widespread regret and shock amongst his many friends and acquaintances.'
  12. 'In such terms Mr Gradgrind always mentally introduced himself, whether to his private circle of acquaintance, or to the public in general.'
  13. 'His varied acquaintance included Boswell, Bentham, Godwin, Paine, and Coleridge.'
  14. 'He could have included elite journalists in that circle of acquaintance.'
((n.) 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.|--|(n.) A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.|--|)


1. a person known to one, but usually not a close friend.

2. the state of being acquainted or casually familiar with someone or something: As far as I know, no one of my acquaintance has traveled around the world.

3. personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.: a good acquaintance with French wines.

4. (used with a plural verb) the persons with whom one is acquainted.


"There can be acquaintance teachers."
"There can be acquaintance organs."
"There can be acquaintance dears."
"There can be acquaintance backs."
"people can have acquaintances."
"acquaintances can be with people."
"people/places/organizations can have acquaintances."
"acquaintances can be with people/places/organizations."
"families can have acquaintances."
"acquaintances can be in people."
"acquaintances can be at people/places/organizations."
"acquaintances can be with works."
"acquaintances can be with places."
"ourses can have acquaintances."
"acquaintances can be in villages."
"acquaintances can be without venoms."
"acquaintances can be without things."
"acquaintances can be without delusions."
"acquaintances can be with workers."
"acquaintances can be with wenchs."

Middle English (in the sense ‘mutual knowledge, being acquainted’): from Old French acointance, from acointier ‘make known’ (see acquaint).

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