(Latin > Old French > Middle English: well known, skillful, neat, elegant)
This quaint- unit is directly related to this cogni- family of words.
2. To furnish with knowledge; to inform (usually followed by with): "We tried to acquaint the manager with our findings."
3. To bring into social contact; to introduce; to make familiar (usually followed by with): She acquainted her roommate with my cousin.
2. A person whom one knows; the state of being acquainted.
3. Knowledge or information about something or someone; personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.: "The man obviously has a passing acquaintance with Chinese history."
2. Etymology: from Latin pre-, "before, before hand" + accognitare "to make known."
2. Etymology: from Middle English aqueyntance, "make known" from ad-, "before" + "cognoscere, "to know well."
2. Strange, peculiar; or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: "He was known to have a quaint sense of humor."
3. Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange.
4. Skillfully or cleverly made; artful.
5. Obsolete: wise; skilled.
6. Etymology: from about 1225, "cunning, proud, ingenious", from Old French cointe, "pretty, clever, knowing"; from Latin cognitus, "known"; past participle of cognoscere "to get or to come to know well".
The sense of "old-fashioned but charming" is first attested to about 1795, and could describe the word itself, which had become rare after about 1700; although it soon recovered popularity in this secondary sense.
2. In a strange but not unpleasant manner.
2. Strangeness as a consequence of being old fashioned: "Some of her childhood stories had a charming quaintness."
2. Not usual; unfamiliar; not familiar or acquainted with another; strange.
3. Not informed or knowledgeable: "She was unacquainted with the legal issues at hand."