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[uhn-fuh-mil-yer] /ˌʌn fəˈmɪl yər/
not familiar; not acquainted with or conversant about:
to be unfamiliar with a subject.
different; unaccustomed; unusual; strange:
an unfamiliar treat.
Origin of unfamiliar
1585-95; un-1 + familiar
Related forms
[uhn-fuh-mil-ee-ar-i-tee] /ˌʌn fəˌmɪl iˈær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
unfamiliarly, adverb
2. curious, novel, new. Unabridged
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  • The moving photo collage was a strange sight, yet not unfamiliar.
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  • Famous faces take on a different look when seen in unfamiliar surroundings.
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  • Where it is a question of unfamiliar influences, even doctors are not free from such mistaken judgment.
  • He no longer budged, trembling at all the slight and unfamiliar sounds that occur at night.
British Dictionary definitions for unfamiliar


not known or experienced; strange
(postpositive) foll by with. not familiar
Derived Forms
unfamiliarity (ˌʌnfəˌmɪlɪˈærɪtɪ) noun
unfamiliarly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfamiliar

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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