- not familiar; not acquainted with or conversant about: to be unfamiliar with a subject.
- different; unaccustomed; unusual; strange: an unfamiliar treat.
Origin of unfamiliar
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2. curious, novel, new.
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Examples from the Web for unfamiliarity
His unfamiliarity was not surprising; he had little acquaintance with the stock market.Fair Harbor</p>
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It had not taken them half an hour to bridge over the gap of unfamiliarity.The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp</p>
The unfamiliarity, even horror, of the situation can be imagined.The Problems of Psychical Research
I think that this unfamiliarity with armchair life is a misfortune.Roving East and Roving West
E. V. Lucas
But here again she was confronted by the sensation of unfamiliarity.The Gambler
Katherine Cecil Thurston
- not known or experienced; strange
- (postpositive foll by with) not familiar
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Word Origin and History for unfamiliarity
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