unfamiliar

[uhn-fuh-mil-yer]
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adjective
  1. not familiar; not acquainted with or conversant about: to be unfamiliar with a subject.
  2. different; unaccustomed; unusual; strange: an unfamiliar treat.

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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unfamiliar

adjective
  1. not known or experienced; strange
  2. (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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