acquaintance /əˈkweɪnt(ə)ns/

a

I. noun

1. [ mass noun] knowledge or experience of something

the pupils had little acquaintance with the language.
2. slight knowledge of or friendship with someone

I renewed my acquaintance with Herbert.
3. a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend

a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
4. [ mass noun] acquaintances considered collectively

his extensive acquaintance included Oscar Wilde and Yeats.
II. phrases

make the acquaintance of (or make someone’s acquaintance)
meet someone for the first time and come to know them slightly.

I’m honoured to make your acquaintance, Miss Morland.
III. derivatives

acquaintanceship /əˈkweɪntənsʃɪp /
noun


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

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