Meaning of “acquaintance” in the English Dictionary

"acquaintance" in British English

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acquaintancenoun

uk /əˈkweɪn.təns/ us /əˈkweɪn.təns/

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.

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acquaintanceship
noun [ C or U ] uk /əˈkweɪn.təns.ʃɪp/ us /əˈkweɪn.təns.ʃɪp/ formal

Ours was a strictly professional acquaintanceship (= relationship).

(Definition of “acquaintance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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acquaintancenoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈkweɪn·təns/

a person whom you know but do not know well and who is therefore not exactly a friend

Acquaintance is also knowledge about something:

[ U ] The young have little acquaintance with real-life tragedy.

(Definition of “acquaintance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)