un·​ac·​quaint·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkwān-təd How to pronounce unacquainted (audio) \

Definition of unacquainted

: not acquainted: such as
a : not having experience or knowledge of something used with withwas unacquainted with the issuesa reader unacquainted with her styleShe was unacquainted with the world of the fashionable New York hotel …— Edith Wharton
b : not known personally or socially introducing two previously unacquainted cousins

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unacquaintedness noun

Examples of unacquainted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the unacquainted, cowboy memes are suddenly unavoidable on Twitter, while artists from Solange to Cardi B and Lizzo have reclaimed the cowboy narrative by incorporating Western imagery in their performances. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lil Nas X's Top 40 Breakout Hit 'Old Town Road'," 26 Mar. 2019 Gatlinburg Is Celebrating Its 75th Anniversary All Year Long For the unacquainted, this historic Gatlinburg SkyLift is a scenic chairlift ride that takes passengers 1,800-feet up to the top of Crockett Mountain for one-a-kind views of the Smokies. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Join Gatlinburg SkyLift Park Tonight for a Virtual Nighttime SkyLift Ride and Illuminated SkyBridge Walk," 28 Apr. 2020 For those unacquainted with classical music, a symphony orchestra might seem like an unfamiliar musical ensemble. David Buice, Dallas News, "Meet 3 Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians sparking change with exceptional music," 5 Mar. 2020 This may seem melodramatic to you now, but the moment was more than a callow teen-ager, mostly unacquainted with death or real pain, could bear. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Robert Hunter Gave the Grateful Dead Its Voice," 1 Oct. 2019 But there’s delight in telling a moment: the world turned over by a sudden encounter of unacquainted thoughts. Barbara Kingsolver, Washington Post, "How Barbara Kingsolver reignited her love affair with words," 27 Aug. 2019 In one experiment, pairs of unacquainted participants were given 20 minutes to converse freely about purchases. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why we hate hearing about other people’s vacations," 18 Oct. 2018 Unless the tenor of the arguments gets much worse, continue to give your neighbors the illusion of privacy, that blessed illusion that allows unacquainted adults to share living space without shame. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "We can hear our neighbors’ loud fighting. Should we intervene?," 3 May 2018 Some have attempted to dismiss the president’s conduct as the actions of a new president, a free-wheeling businessman unaccustomed and unacquainted with the finer points of the office and government in general. Rep. Adam Schiff, Esquire, "Memo to the Public: The President Wants to Make the FBI His Instrument," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unacquainted

1565, in the meaning defined above

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“Unacquainted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unacquainted. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unacquainted

: not having knowledge about something : not having seen or experienced something
: not having met : not knowing each other in a personal or social way

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