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Definition of Acquaintance

A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.  A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??kwe?nt?ns n. 1 (usu. foll. by with) slight knowledge (of a person or thing). 2 the fact or process of being acquainted (our acquaintance lasted a year). 3 a person one knows slightly. °make one's acquaintance first meet or introduce oneself to another person. make the acquaintance of come to know. °°acquaintanceship n. [ME f. OF acointance (as ACQUAINT)]

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