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Pronunciation:  u'kweyntns

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

ACQUAINTANCE is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of an acquaintance indicates a reunion with someone you miss. You might like this person, or you might be wanting to recall the memories of previous experiences and the whole atmosphere, sensations and joys surrounding it.
Thesaurus Terms
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