View synonyms for unfamiliar


[ uhn-fuh-mil-yer ]


  1. not familiar; not acquainted with or conversant about:

    to be unfamiliar with a subject.

  2. different; unaccustomed; unusual; strange:

    an unfamiliar treat.

    Synonyms: new, novel, curious


/ ˌʌnfəˈmɪljə; ˌʌnfəˌmɪlɪˈærɪtɪ /


  1. not known or experienced; strange
  2. postpositivefoll bywith not familiar

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Derived Forms

  • ˌunfaˈmiliarly, adverb
  • unfamiliarity, noun

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Other Words From

  • un·fa·mil·i·ar·i·ty [uhn-f, uh, -mil-ee-, ar, -i-tee], noun
  • unfa·miliar·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unfamiliar1

First recorded in 1585–95; un- 1 + familiar

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Example Sentences

Somehow though, through it all, McCarthy claims he’s still unfamiliar with this thing called QAnon.

One of the biggest tricks that we have is blending familiar with unfamiliar.

A poll from the Economist and YouGov shows that Hawley is still unfamiliar to many Americans, but among those who do have an opinion of him, it’s 2-to-1 negative.

Bradley Beal found himself in a somewhat unfamiliar position at the close of the Washington Wizards’ 128-107 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

His first recordings were for the Vox label, which specialized in the discovery of unknown young artists, usually in mostly unfamiliar material.

For those unfamiliar, soba is buckwheat noodle dish—and they proved much more popular amongst the public.

For those unfamiliar with Michals, an annotated biography and useful essays are included.

Artists like Orsola Maddalena Caccia will be unfamiliar to most, and yet she has six works in the exhibition.

Time plus desire can you lead you to some strange unfamiliar places.

In Crimson Room, players awoke in an unfamiliar room with no way of knowing how to escape.

In search of a lost handkerchief, they regained the Clayhanger premises by an unfamiliar side door.

He had been something real and tangible in that shadowy place—something familiar in an unfamiliar world.

Weston was in no mood to discuss questions of that kind, though the curious sensation was not altogether unfamiliar to him.

There was a slight, persistent tingling vibration in everything that was unfamiliar, too.

This book was the work of some one unfamiliar, unrecognizable, forgotten by the happy woman that she was.