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unfamiliar

[uhn-fuh-mil-yer] /ˌʌn fəˈmɪl yər/
adjective
1.
not familiar; not acquainted with or conversant about:
to be unfamiliar with a subject.
2.
different; unaccustomed; unusual; strange:
an unfamiliar treat.
Origin of unfamiliar
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; un-1 + familiar
Related forms
unfamiliarity
[uhn-fuh-mil-ee-ar-i-tee] /ˌʌn fəˌmɪl iˈær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unfamiliarly, adverb
Synonyms
2. curious, novel, new.
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  • He was not unfamiliar with the lot of one who dines with the learned Von Herzlich.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Do not disturb the prestige which belongs to a distant and unfamiliar power.

  • My heart sank and my voice dwindled to a quavering, unfamiliar whisper.

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  • I am so unfamiliar with this room that I haven't any favorite chair.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • His very desolation, amidst the unfamiliar faces, awed and chilled him.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for unfamiliar

unfamiliar

/ˌʌnfəˈmɪljə/
adjective
1.
not known or experienced; strange
2.
(postpositive) foll by with. not familiar
Derived Forms
unfamiliarity (ˌʌnfəˌmɪlɪˈærɪtɪ) noun
unfamiliarly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfamiliar
adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + familiar. Related: Unfamiliarly.

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