unfamiliar

[uhn-fuh-mil-yer]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. unfair practice,
  2. unfairly,
  3. unfaith,
  4. unfaithful,
  5. unfaltering,
  6. unfancied,
  7. unfashionable,
  8. unfasten,
  9. unfathered,
  10. unfathomable

Origin of unfamiliar

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for unfamiliarity

unfamiliar

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 unfamiliarity

unfamiliar

adj.

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

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