fa·​mil·​iar·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˌmi-lē-ˈ(y)er-ə-tē How to pronounce familiarity (audio) , -ˈ(y)a-rə-; -ˌmil-ˈyer-, -ˌmil-ˈya-rə- \
plural familiarities

Definition of familiarity

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

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Examples of familiarity in a Sentence

He spoke to everyone with the easy familiarity of an old friend. the elderly couple enjoys a familiarity that is the result of many years of happy marriage
Recent Examples on the Web Equally as important, however, is Christian’s familiarity with the uniqueness of the G League. Chris Grenham, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Although Thursday night’s season-opener between UCF and Boise State will mark the first time the two programs face each other, there is some familiarity between the Broncos head coach Andy Avalos and Knights quarterback Dillon Gabriel. Jason Beede, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Aug. 2021 For 16 years, there is a familiarity your partner has with you that takes a great amount of time to establish, cultivate and develop with somebody else. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 26 Aug. 2021 So, there was a deep familiarity with a lot of my crew, and the chemistry and trust between me and the actors was immediate. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 20 Aug. 2021 There was a familiarity and trust off which to build. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2021 So there is familiarity between the two, something that can help make the transition easier for Shamet coming to Phoenix. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 The Lightning and Islanders grinded out a six-game series nine months ago in the postseason bubble in Edmonton, so there will be some familiarity when the puck drops Sunday afternoon in Tampa. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 But there is a deeper familiarity that ends up preventing the show from being the best version of itself. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of familiarity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of familiarity was in the 13th century

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“Familiarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familiarity. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


fa·​mil·​iar·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˌmil-ˈyer-ə-tē How to pronounce familiarity (audio) , -ˌmil-ē-ˈer- \
plural familiarities

Kids Definition of familiarity

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

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