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 Dictionary entry overview: What does acquaintance mean? 

  The noun ACQUAINTANCE has 3 senses:

1. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
2. a relationship less intimate than friendship
3. a person with whom you are acquainted

  Familiarity information: ACQUAINTANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1acquaintance [BACK TO TOP]


Personal knowledge or information about someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


acquaintance; conversance; conversancy; familiarity

Hypernyms ("acquaintance" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Sense 2acquaintance [BACK TO TOP]


A relationship less intimate than friendship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


acquaintanceship; acquaintance

Hypernyms ("acquaintance" is a kind of...):

relationship (a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries)

Sense 3acquaintance [BACK TO TOP]


A person with whom you are acquainted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


acquaintance; friend

Context examples:

I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances / we are friends of the family

Hypernyms ("acquaintance" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquaintance"):

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)

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