- thorough knowledge or mastery of a thing, subject, etc.
- the state of being familiar; friendly relationship; close acquaintance; intimacy.
- an absence of ceremony and formality; informality.
- freedom of behavior justified only by the closest relationship; undue intimacy.
- Often familiarities. an instance of such freedom, as in action or speech.
- a sexual liberty or impropriety.
Origin of familiarity
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Examples from the Web for familiarity
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.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Familiarity with search-engines helps, a strange quirk of working in this retro medium.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
The difference is one of familiarity and choice not law or logic.
There was no familiarity of manner there; the clerks liked him, but they had to defer to him and obey him.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
And his carelessness might have been due to the familiarity of the trail to the pool.White Fang
Just a touch of familiarity was the sole indication that we were not grown men.
I had often called her by her Christian name, but she had never accepted the familiarity.
In order to prove this, let us consider the evils produced by this familiarity.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- reasonable knowledge or acquaintance, as with a subject or place
- close acquaintanceship or intimacy
- undue intimacy
- (sometimes plural) an instance of unwarranted intimacy
Word Origin and History for familiarity
c.1200, from Old French familiarite and directly from Latin familiaritatem (nominative familiaritas) "intimacy, friendship," from familiaris "friendly, intimate" (see familiar). Meaning "undue intimacy" is from late 14c. That of "close acquaintance" is from c.1600.