acquaintance - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] someone you know a little, who is not a close friend

    He recognized Mr Hunter as an old business acquaintance from his years in banking.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] formal knowledge or experience of a person or subject
    of someone’s acquaintance:

    the only writer of my acquaintance

    a passing acquaintance (=a little knowledge or experience):

    I’m afraid I have only a passing acquaintance with Baroque music.