Definition of unacquainted in US English:



  • 1(of two or more people) not having met before; not knowing each other.

    • ‘Twelve unacquainted multiparous sows were mixed in pairs after weaning.’
    • ‘In several instances, it acted as a facilitator for ‘real’ social interaction between previously unacquainted users.’
    • ‘Each litter-pair contributed four pairs of previously unacquainted piglets.’
    • ‘Mixing at young ages reduces fighting in unacquainted domestic pigs.’
    • ‘Making matters difficult, though, is that this still is a relatively unacquainted group.’
    • ‘Please be unacquainted, and bring nothing with you.’
    • ‘High intuitives appear justified in claiming that they can accurately predict whether two unacquainted strangers will go on to become friends.’
    • ‘For those unacquainted, a Whirly-gig is a high-speed circular ride, accelerating as it spins passengers seated in individualized circular compartments in an up-and-down and counter-clockwise rotation.’
    • ‘38 unacquainted undergraduate participants arrived in the lab in groups of four to six.’
    • ‘It would have been easy for the unacquainted to determine which was the title-chasing side and which the tormented.’
    • ‘In spite of the intensifying situation, Emily's unacquainted voice was tranquil and soothing.’
    • ‘I even managed to get some random lady with whom I was previously unacquainted to buy me a birthday pint despite sitting with my girlfriend at the time!’
    • ‘Previously, unacquainted passengers could find themselves sharing a ‘double’ berth of only eighty-eight centimetres in width.’
    • ‘Unlike unacquainted individuals, friends do not need to establish to each other that they have a sense of humor.’
    • ‘Whether you're a fan, or largely unacquainted as I was, this CD has pleasures and delights in store for you.’
    • ‘If either Diana and Edith, Diana and Frank, or Edith and Frank are strangers, then Alice and the unacquainted pair make three people who do not know one another.’
    • ‘She found that the most coordination occurred in the conversations of the pairs who were unacquainted and the pairs who disliked each other.’
    • ‘The three were unacquainted, but the coroner discovers a mysterious black fungus in their brains, along with evidence that they had all died in a hallucinatory state.’
    • ‘Our man Harvey Pekar, for those still unacquainted, has made ends meet with a steady gig as a V.A. hospital file clerk in his hometown of Cleveland for the past 30-odd years.’
    1. 1.1unacquainted with Having no experience of or familiarity with.
      ‘I regret that I am unacquainted with the place’
      • ‘Likewise, Furman sprinkles his prose with references to the old guard (Bellow, Malamud, and Ozick) as if to mollify unacquainted readers with names of recognizable Jewish authors.’
      • ‘Such is the innocence of those unacquainted with the peculiar folkways of Congress.’
      • ‘Breaking all my usual rules for watching the blue riband, I decided not to visit the bookie's premises, but to watch the racing in a hostelry with which I am not unacquainted.’
      • ‘Also, in the process, aspects of people's social world that are particularly important to them, but that might not even have crossed the mind of a researcher unacquainted with it, are more likely to be forthcoming.’
      • ‘He says that when the painting hangs in Edinburgh it will offer a real chance, even for those previously unacquainted with Raphael, to understand the development of his style.’
      • ‘It is also highly embarrassing to read DeGroot's confession that he is unacquainted with prior works by Devine, who is arguably one of the most prolific and exciting scholars working in the field of Scottish history.’
      • ‘For those unacquainted with her work, let me give you a treat.’
      • ‘And, if you are unacquainted with them, I recommend them unreservedly.’
      • ‘Reynolds seems here to be denying one of the most valuable purposes of books, namely to provide information about and arouse interest in subjects with which the reader is entirely or largely unacquainted.’
      • ‘I will go away from this gathering, for example, knowing the name of Trilleck of Hereford, a fourteenth-century English bishop with whose name I was previously unacquainted.’
      unfamiliar with, unaccustomed to, unused to
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