Familiarity

  • 1 Familiarity — Fa*mil iar i*ty, n.; pl. {Familiarities}. [OE. familarite, F. familiarit[ e]fr. L. faniliaritas. See {Familiar}.] 1. The state of being familiar; intimate and frequent converse, or association; unconstrained intercourse; freedom from ceremony and …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 familiarity — [n1] friendliness acquaintance, acquaintanceship, boldness, closeness, ease, fellowship, forwardness, freedom, freshness, friendship, informality, intimacy, liberty, naturalness, openness, presumption, sociability, unceremoniousness; concept 388… …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 familiarity — index cognition, common knowledge, comprehension, consortium (marriage companionship), experience (background), informality, inf …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 familiarity — c.1200, from O.Fr. familiarite and directly from L. familiaritatem (nom. familiaritas) intimacy, friendship, from familiaris friendly, intimate (see FAMILIAR (Cf. familiar)). Meaning undue intimacy is from late 14c. That of close acquaintance is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 familiarity — [fə mil΄ē er′ə tē, fə mil΄ēar′ə tē] n. pl. familiarities [ME familiarite < OFr < L familiaritas < familiaris: see FAMILIAR] 1. close association; intimacy 2. free and intimate behavior; absence of formality and ceremony 3. intimacy that… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 familiarity — noun 1 knowing sb/sth well ADJECTIVE ▪ greater, intimate ▪ basic, passing (esp. AmE) VERB + FAMILIARITY ▪ have ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 7 familiarity — UK [fəˌmɪlɪˈærətɪ] / US [fəˌmɪlɪˈerətɪ] noun Word forms familiarity : singular familiarity plural familiarities 1) [singular/uncountable] knowledge of something because you have learnt about it or experienced it before familiarity with:… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 familiarity — fa|mil|i|ar|i|ty [fəˌmıliˈærıti] n [U] 1.) a good knowledge of a particular subject or place familiarity with ▪ In fact his familiarity with the Bronx was pretty limited. 2.) the quality of being well known to you ▪ I miss the familiarity of home …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 familiarity — n. 1) thorough familiarity 2) familiarity with * * * [fəˌmɪlɪ ærɪtɪ] thorough familiarity familiarity with …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 familiarity — fa|mil|iar|i|ty [ fə,mılı erəti ] noun 1. ) singular or uncount knowledge of something because you have learned about it or experienced it before: familiarity with: Applicants should demonstrate a familiarity with housing law. 2. ) count or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 familiarity — [[t]fəmɪliæ̱rɪti[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects Familiarity is used especially in the expression familiarity breeds contempt to say that if you know a person or situation very well, you can easily lose respect for that person or become careless in that… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 familiarity — noun 1 (U) a good knowledge of a particular subject or place (+ with): In fact his familiarity with the Bronx was pretty limited. 2 (U) a feeling of being relaxed and comfortable because you are in a place you know well or with people you know… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 familiarity — noun 1) her familiarity with Asian politics Syn: acquaintance with, awareness of, experience with/of, insight into, knowledge of, understanding of, comprehension of, grasp of, skill in, proficiency in 2) she was affronted by his familiarity Syn …

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  • 14 familiarity — noun 1) a familiarity with politics Syn: acquaintance with, awareness of, knowledge of, experience of, insight into, understanding of, comprehension of 2) she was affronted by his familiarity Syn: overfamiliarity, presumption …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 15 familiarity — familiar ► ADJECTIVE 1) well known through long or close association. 2) frequently encountered; common. 3) (familiar with) having a good knowledge of. 4) in close friendship. 5) inappropriately intimate or informal. ► NOUN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 16 familiarity — noun (plural ties) Date: 13th century 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 ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 familiarity — noun a) The state of being extremely friendly; intimacy. Murrel did not in the least object to being called a monkey, yet he always felt a slight distaste when Julian Archer called him one. [...] It had to do with a fine shade between familiarity …

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  • 18 familiarity — [fəˌmɪlɪˈærəti] noun 1) [U] knowledge that you have of something because you have dealt with it before a familiarity with international law[/ex] 2) [C/U] informal behaviour that shows a lack of respect for someone …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 familiarity — /fəmɪliˈærəti/ (say fuhmilee aruhtee) noun (plural familiarities) 1. close acquaintance; thorough knowledge of (a thing, subject, etc.). 2. undue intimacy; freedom of behaviour justified only by the most intimate friendly relations. 3. (often… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 familiarity — see familiarity breeds contempt …

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