Etymology: Middle English knowlege, from knowlechen to acknowledge, irregular from knowen
Date: 14th century
1. obsolete cognizance
(1) the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association
(2) acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
(1) the fact or condition of being aware of something
(2) the range of one's information or understanding <answered to the best of my knowledge> c. the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning ; cognition d. the fact or condition of having information or of being learned <a person of unusual knowledge> 3. archaic sexual intercourse 4. a. the sum of what is known ; the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by mankind b. archaic a branch of learning Synonyms: knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by mankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience <rich in the knowledge of human nature>. learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling <a book that demonstrates vast learning>. erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning <an erudition unusual even in a scholar>. scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation <a work of first-rate literary scholarship>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.