From King Dictionary of Contemporary English unfamiliar un‧fa‧mil‧i‧ar / ˌʌnfəˈmɪliə◂ $ -ər◂ / ●○○ adjective 1 NOT KNOW not known to you unfamiliar surroundings/place/environment etc She stood on deck to gaze at the unfamiliar surroundings. a crowd of unfamiliar faces unfamiliar to Some of the technical vocabulary may be unfamiliar to you. 2 → be unfamiliar with something — unfamiliarity / ˌʌnfəmɪliˈærəti / noun [uncountable ] Examples from the Corpus unfamiliar • The voice on the phone sounded unfamiliar. • The resulting look may not have been pretty on the final day, but neither was it unfamiliar. • She spoke with an unfamiliar accent. • Driving on the left-hand side of the road was unfamiliar and a little frightening. • Scientists and policy makers face unfamiliar challenges in addressing these broader contextual issues in population health. • She may have waked and listened to the breathing beside her, and been shaken by unfamiliar emotions and tender resolves. • She needs your support even more now that she's in an unfamiliar environment. • I simply notice, one day after clamming, an irritating deposit of grit beneath ten unfamiliar growths on my hands. • an unfamiliar name • It took Steven some time to get used to his unfamiliar surroundings. • The army uses satellites to help soldiers navigate unfamiliar terrain. • The song is in Russian, a language unfamiliar to many singers. • I saw saxifrages and wild thyme and others that were unfamiliar to me. • Some of the waders were unfamiliar to me. • His name may be unfamiliar to Western audiences. • Some of these expressions may be unfamiliar to your students. • She noticed an unfamiliar truck parked across the street. • They are unfamiliar with its routine. unfamiliar to • Everything in the house seemed unfamiliar to him.