familiarity familiarity  /fə ˌmɪ ˈljɛ rə ti/


  1. (n) personal knowledge or information about someone or something
  2. (n) usualness by virtue of being familiar or well known
  3. (n) close or warm friendship
  4. (n) a casual manner
  5. (n) an act of undue intimacy


  1. Still, old practices died hard; the same virtues of loyalty and familiarity were rewarded by new bosses who expected political newcomers to pay their dues--and wait their turn.
  2. For South Koreans, the current economic meltdown has a sickening familiarity.
  3. Offered more detail on a range of topics, compared with Palin, but oddly, gained no particular edge from his greater familiarity with national and international issues.


  1. Malnati transitions to Fenwick, hires Ronnie Fields

    There was plenty of familiarity for coach Rick Malnati earlier this week as his Fenwick basketball team participated in a team camp at Loyola University. Malnati, a former assistant to coach Porter Moser at Loyola, was around the people and back on the campus where he had spent the last two years working. The other familiar part for Malnati was being a head coach once again, the man in charge of ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Doings Western Springs

  2. A son asks to go to temple and his mom's religious enthusiasm grows, too

    After her son asked to go to temple, one mother wonders what he gets out of it – spirituality? Familiarity? Either way, it makes her happy.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. Jury Candidates' Familiarity With Zimmerman Varies

    Potential jurors' familiarity with Zimmerman varies as lawyers try to seat jury in murder case        
    on June 11, 2013     Source: ABC News


  1. "Glen brings over 20 years of coaching expertise to the staff and with his 17 years as a head coach he brings familiarity with budgeting, compliance, student-athlete welfare and many other administrative areas that he will deal with on a day-to-day...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Jim Calhoun Source: The Associated Press

  2. "What is really key for success in leading the intelligence community and for the DNI, in my view, is not only long experience and familiarity with the intelligence world, but the temperament to have the kind of constructive, positive chemistry with...
    on Jun 6, 2010 By: Robert Gates Source: FOXNews

  3. "What made the decision easier for me are the people in the organization and my familiarity with the coaching staff," Scott said in a statement. "These guys really pursued me hard. The opportunity to play under coach Ryan again was huge. I've...
    on Feb 27, 2009 By: Bart Scott Source: ESPN

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