According to the Oxford dictionary:

Friend - a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family.

What noun you can use for a person whos you know not enough to name a friend, but occasionally friendly speak with him/her?

Update based on comment:

I have many friends and three close friends


I have many (?) and three friends

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    An acquaintance, I'd say.
    – Lambie
    Mar 2, 2021 at 14:51
  • Note that the English friend is a somewhat broader and less commital term than the seemingly equivalent ones in other languages. In Polish I'd distinguish between a kolega / znajomy (someone I might occasionally go out for a beer with or chat, but usually in a larger group) and przyjaciel (someone I have a deep personal relationship with), but in English I'd probably use friend for both, maybe describing the latter as a close friend. Mar 2, 2021 at 15:09
  • @MaciejStachowski, I know the Polish language, better than English, the word that I searching for is "znajomy". As I understood it can be translated as "friend" ("I have many friends and three close friends"). Mar 2, 2021 at 15:58
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    @BogdanSamchuk Polish znajomy can be translated as either friend or acquaintance, depending on how well you know the person. Acquaintance would be the guy at work you say hi to and sometimes have a smoke or a chat with, friend would be the one you might call on a Friday evening to hit the town. Basically if on a scale of 1 to 10 the line between znajomy / przyjaciel is at around 8, the one between acquaintance and friend is closer to 3 or so. Mar 2, 2021 at 16:46

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According to dictionary.com

Acquaintance(noun)- a person known to one, but usually not a close friend.


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