Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

unfamiliar

play
adjective un·fa·mil·iar \ˌən-fə-ˈmil-yər\

Simple Definition of unfamiliar

  • : not frequently seen, heard, or experienced

Full Definition of unfamiliar

  1. :  not familiar: a :  not well-known :  strange <an unfamiliar place> b :  not well acquainted <unfamiliar with the subject>

un·fa·mil·iar·i·ty play \-ˌmil-ˈyar-ə-tē, -ˌmi-lē-ˈyar-\ noun
un·fa·mil·iar·ly play \-ˈmil-yər-lē\ adverb

Examples of unfamiliar

  1. He gets nervous when he is in unfamiliar surroundings.

  2. The book is full of unfamiliar words.



1594

First Known Use of unfamiliar

1594




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up unfamiliar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet pince-nez spindrift kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ