from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not being acquainted; not conversant: unfamiliar with the roads here.
- adj. Not within one's knowledge; strange: unfamiliar faces.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Strange, not familiar.
- n. An unfamiliar person; a stranger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not familiar; not well known or acquainted; not wonted by frequent use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not known or well known
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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.
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Well, for those find the term unfamiliar, I want to give a brief description of Xobni.
The tall and very elegant woman manager stepped forward and answered -- taking my shopping bag from my hands and setting it, firmly, far away from her crystal and Limoges -- that her shop specialized in "unfamiliar" pieces.
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Viewers might not feel at home in unfamiliar 'House'
They are mucking around in unfamiliar ground, hoping some votes will stick to their boots in the process.
Anyone biking in unfamiliar territory definitely should be wearing a helmet, but I doubt the unstaffed kiosks would carry them, unless they had some kind of expensive vending machine.
By mapping values from body poses, it turns out people can learn to inhabit other bodies not just with oddly shaped limbs, or limbs attached in unfamiliar places, but even bodies with different numbers of limbs.
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