- 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
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It had not taken them half an hour to bridge over the gap of unfamiliarity.The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp
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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