acquaintance

An acquaintance is someone you know a little about, but they’re not your best friend or anything. Acquaintance is also having knowledge about something specific, like horror films or the farming techniques of Chinese peasants.

The root of acquaintance is the Old French word acointier, a verb meaning “make known.” Being the acquaintance of a person or topic means that you know something about it. An acquaintance is less intimate than a friend, like a person in your class whose name you know, but that’s it. When you “make the acquaintance of” someone, you meet them for the first time. If you know nothing about eggplants, you’d say, “I have little acquaintance with eggplants.”

Definitions of acquaintance
  1. noun
    personal knowledge or information about someone or something
    synonyms: conversance, conversancy, familiarity
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    type of:
    information
    knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
  2. noun
    a person with whom you are acquainted
    “I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances
    synonyms: friend
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    Antonyms:
    alien, stranger, unknown
    anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
    stranger
    an individual that one is not acquainted with
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    bunkmate
    someone who occupies the same sleeping quarters as yourself
    campmate
    someone who lives in the same camp you do
    connection
    (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)
    end man
    a man at one end of a row of people
    homeboy
    a male friend from your neighborhood or hometown
    messmate
    (nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)
    pickup
    a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
    class fellow, classmate, schoolfellow, schoolmate
    an acquaintance that you go to school with
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  3. noun
    a relationship less intimate than friendship
    synonyms: acquaintanceship
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    type of:
    relationship
    a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
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