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[ fuh-mil-ee-ar-i-tee, -mil-yar- ]


, plural fa·mil·i·ar·i·ties.
  1. thorough knowledge or mastery of a thing, subject, etc.
  2. the state of being familiar; friendly relationship; close acquaintance; intimacy.
  3. an absence of ceremony and formality; informality.

    Synonyms: unconstraint

  4. freedom of behavior justified only by the closest relationship; undue intimacy.

    Synonyms: license, freedom, liberty

  5. Often familiarities. an instance of such freedom, as in action or speech.
  6. a sexual liberty or impropriety.


/ fəˌmɪlɪˈærɪtɪ /


  1. reasonable knowledge or acquaintance, as with a subject or place
  2. close acquaintanceship or intimacy
  3. undue intimacy
  4. sometimes plural an instance of unwarranted intimacy

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Other Words From

  • o·ver·fa·mil·i·ar·i·ty noun
  • pre·fa·mil·i·ar·i·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of familiarity1

1350–1400; Middle English familiarite (< Anglo-French ) < Latin familiāritās intimacy. See familiar, -ity

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Example Sentences

They had a bit of shared history, with plenty to still uncover about one another, a mix of familiarity and intrigue that’s rare when getting to know someone in your golden years.

Listeners constantly hear “country music is a family,” as the genre goes above and beyond to sell familiarity.

The study didn’t include other factors, like a person’s own familiarity with weapons.

He has experience as an offensive coordinator at Miami and Arkansas, and he has familiarity with Locksley’s offensive system.

As visualizations of an unfolding pandemic, our familiarity with the idea of a dashboard and its operations obscures the significant delays and gaps in public health metric reporting and the limits of individual action.

And there is definitely something to finding solace in food, familiarity, and memory.

Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.

Living in a society openly governed by force with those who have demonstrated their familiarity with it increases the danger.

Familiarity with search-engines helps, a strange quirk of working in this retro medium.

The difference is one of familiarity and choice not law or logic.

It was such a magnificent sum that Sol did not feel like taking the familiarity with it of mentioning it aloud.

Education is the cultivation of a just and legitimate familiarity betwixt the mind and things.

Education is a just and legitimate familiarity betwixt the mind and things.

His imagination, wakened by Egypt, plunged backwards with a sense of strange familiarity.

Even slight familiarity with the microscopic structure of vegetable tissue will prevent the chagrin of such errors.


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