Definition of unfamiliar in English:

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unfamiliar

Pronunciation: /ʌnfəˈmɪlɪə/

adjective

1Not known or recognized: he felt a stranger among the crowd of unfamiliar faces his voice was unfamiliar to her
More example sentences
  • In media, humans are not known to associate well with aliens or strange beings that seem unfamiliar to them.
  • She looks forward to immersing herself in the life's work of many an author unfamiliar to her, and plans to read prodigiously.
  • Being a teenager in Israel brings with it a reality unfamiliar to many adolescents in other countries.
Synonyms
unknown, new, strange, queer, foreign, alien, unheard of, beyond someone's ken
1.1Unusual or uncharacteristic: the yellow taxicab was an unfamiliar sight on these roads
More example sentences
  • She smiled at him, a smile that was unfamiliar, unusual, almost predatory.
  • There is no suggestion that there was anything unusual or unfamiliar about that.
  • The ubiquitous house sparrow may soon become an unfamiliar sight in the region the RSPB has warned.
Synonyms
2 (unfamiliar with) Not having knowledge or experience of: he seems unfamiliar with recent research on this topic
More example sentences
  • And many mature drivers are unfamiliar with legal requirement to wear a belt - front and rear.
  • I was surprised that in a recent column you seemed unfamiliar with using mustard for leg cramps.
  • This summary serves as a worthy initiation for any reader unfamiliar with the recent work done in this field.
Synonyms
informal in the dark about
rare nescient of
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