Etymology
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acquaintance (n.)

c. 1300, "state of being acquainted;" late 14c., "person with whom one is acquainted;" also "personal knowledge;" from Old French acointance "acquaintance, friendship, familiarity," noun of action from acointer "make known" (see acquaint). Acquaintant (17c.), would have been better in the "person known" sense but is now obsolete. Fowler regards acquaintanceship (1792) as a "needless variant."

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Definitions of acquaintance

acquaintance (n.)
personal knowledge or information about someone or something;
Synonyms: familiarity / conversance / conversancy
acquaintance (n.)
a relationship less intimate than friendship;
Synonyms: acquaintanceship
acquaintance (n.)
a person with whom you are acquainted;
I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances
Synonyms: friend
From wordnet.princeton.edu