Definition of familiarity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fəˌmɪliˈærəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fəˌmɪliˈærəti//
    [uncountable] Friendly
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  1. 1familiarity (with something) | familiarity (to somebody) the state of knowing somebody/something well; the state of recognizing somebody/something His familiarity with the language helped him enjoy his stay. When she saw the house, she had a feeling of familiarity.
  2. 2a friendly informal manner She addressed me with an easy familiarity that made me feel at home. See related entries: Friendly
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘close relationship’ and ‘sexual intimacy’): via Old French from Latin familiaritas, from familiaris ‘familiar, intimate’, from familia ‘household servants, family’, from famulus ‘servant’.Extra examples He treated her with the easy familiarity of an equal. I had only a basic familiarity with computers. Over the years, he gained greater familiarity with the culture and way of life in the country. The article assumes a basic familiarity with the main issues. her detailed familiarity with her subjectIdioms
    familiarity breeds contempt
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    (saying) knowing somebody/something very well may cause you to lose admiration and respect for them/it
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