Definition of "unfamiliar" []

  • Not being acquainted; not conversant: unfamiliar with the roads here. (adjective)
  • Not within one's knowledge; strange: unfamiliar faces. (adjective)
  • Not known or experienced; strange (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not familiar (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "unfamiliar" in a sentence
  • "These gentlemen were using a phrase unfamiliar to many in northern and eastern linguistic regions but easily understood by “country” talkers and especially black Americans; it is deeply rooted in the usages of some of the great contributors to the English language."
  • "It's a throw-away line in a story on page A15, a mention of a name unfamiliar to many Americans."
  • "Well, for those find the term unfamiliar, I want to give a brief description of Xobni."