Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “acquaintance”

See all translations

acquaintance

noun uk   /əˈkweɪn.təns/ us  
C1 [C] a person that you have met but do not know well: a business acquaintance [U] formal used in some expressions about knowing or meeting people: It was at the Taylors' party that I first made his acquaintance (= first met him). I wasn't sure about Darryl when I first met her, but on further acquaintance (= knowing her a little more) I rather like her. [U] formal knowledge of a subject: Sadly, my acquaintance with Spanish literature is rather limited.
More examples
acquaintanceship
noun [C or U] uk   /-ʃɪp/ formal us  
Ours was a strictly professional acquaintanceship (= relationship).
(Definition of acquaintance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of acquaintance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “acquaintance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More