unfamiliar

[ uhn-fuh-mil-yer ]
/ ˌʌn fəˈmɪl yər /
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adjective

not familiar; not acquainted with or conversant about: to be unfamiliar with a subject.
different; unaccustomed; unusual; strange: an unfamiliar treat.

Origin of unfamiliar

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + familiar
SYNONYMS FOR unfamiliar
Related formsun·fa·mil·i·ar·i·ty [uhn-fuh-mil-ee-ar-i-tee] /ˌʌn fəˌmɪl iˈær ɪ ti/, nounun·fa·mil·iar·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unfamiliarities

  • He seemed to be groping for some clew, some familiar sign that would resolve all the unfamiliarities to old acquaintance.

    The Innocent Adventuress|Mary Hastings Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for unfamiliarities

unfamiliar

/ (ˌʌnfəˈmɪljə) /

adjective

not known or experienced; strange
(postpositive foll by with) not familiar
Derived Formsunfamiliarity (ˌʌnfəˌmɪlɪˈærɪtɪ), noununfamiliarly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfamiliarities

unfamiliar


adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + familiar. Related: Unfamiliarly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper