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familiarity

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noun fa·mil·iar·i·ty \fə-ˌmi-lē-ˈ(y)er-ə-tē, -ˈ(y)a-rə-; -ˌmil-ˈyer-, -ˌmil-ˈya-rə-\

Simple Definition of familiarity

  • : the state of being familiar with something : the state of having knowledge about something

  • : a friendly and informal way of acting or talking

Full Definition of familiarity

plural fa·mil·iar·i·ties

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being familiar b :  a state of close relationship :  intimacy

  2. 2 a :  absence of ceremony :  informality b :  an unduly informal act or expression :  impropriety c :  a sexual liberty

  3. 3 :  close acquaintance with something

Examples of familiarity

  1. He spoke to everyone with the easy familiarity of an old friend.

  2. <the elderly couple enjoys a familiarity that is the result of many years of happy marriage>



13th Century

First Known Use of familiarity

13th century



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