familiar

[ fuh-mil-yer ]
/ fəˈmɪl yər /

adjective

noun

Origin of familiar

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Latin familiāris “of a household,” see family, -ar1

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4. Familiar, confidential, intimate suggest a long association between persons. Familiar means well-acquainted with another person: a familiar friend. Confidential suggests a sense of mutual trust that extends to the sharing of confidences and secrets: a confidential adviser. Intimate suggests close acquaintance or connection, often based on interest, sympathy, or affection: intimate and affectionate letters.

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British Dictionary definitions for familiar

familiar
/ (fəˈmɪlɪə) /

adjective

noun

Derived forms of familiar

familiarly, adverbfamiliarness, noun

Word Origin for familiar

C14: from Latin familiāris domestic, from familia family
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Idioms and Phrases with familiar

familiar

see have a familiar ring.

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