familiarity

noun fa·mil·iar·i·ty \ fə-ˌmi-lē-ˈ(y)er-ə-tē , -ˈ(y)a-rə- ; -ˌmil-ˈyer- , -ˌmil-ˈya-rə- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of familiarity

plural familiarities
1 a :the quality or state of being familiar
b :a state of close relationship :intimacy
2 a :absence of ceremony :informality
b :an unduly informal act or expression :impropriety
c :a sexual liberty
3 :close acquaintance with something

Examples of familiarity in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of familiarity from the Web

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First Known Use of familiarity

13th century


FAMILIARITY Defined for English Language Learners

familiarity

noun

Definition of familiarity for English Language Learners

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

  • : a friendly and informal way of acting or talking


FAMILIARITY Defined for Kids

familiarity

noun fa·mil·iar·i·ty \ fə-ˌmil-ˈyer-ə-tē , -ˌmil-ē-ˈer- \

Definition of familiarity for Students

plural familiarities
1 :close friendship :intimacy
2 :good knowledge of something
  • His familiarity with the trail was a big advantage to us.


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