- When you have heard of a brand of computer, this is an example of a familiarity with the computer.
- When you have lunch with an old friend and fall back into the patterns of your past, this is an example of feeling a sense of familiarity.
Familiarity is defined as knowledge of someone or something, or to a feeling of comfort and closeness with someone or something.
- close association; intimacy
- free and intimate behavior; absence of formality and ceremony
- intimacy that is too bold or unwelcome
- pl. -·ties a highly intimate act, remark, etc.; often, specif., a caress or other act of sexual intimacy
- close acquaintance (with something)
Origin of familiarityMiddle English familiarite from Old French from Classical Latin familiaritas from familiaris: see familiar
- a. Acquaintance with or knowledge of something: I have little familiarity with that software program.b. The quality of being known from past experience: The familiarity of the buildings made us realize that we must be near the hotel.
- Established friendship or intimacy: cooperation that came easily because of the partners' familiarity.
- a. Improper or unduly intimate friendliness; forwardness: found the familiarity of the sales clerk offensive.b. An act characterized by forwardness.
From Middle French familiarité, from Latin familiāritātem.