- an officer of the Inquisition, employed to arrest accused or suspected persons.
- a person who belongs to the household of the pope or of a bishop, rendering domestic though not menial service.
Origin of familiar
Examples from the Web for familiar
When ‘Downton Abbey’ returns Sunday night, its fashion fans are in for a familiar treat.
In the midst of the clubbiness, there is a heimishe (Yiddish for familiar, old school) quality.
More than bawdy, though, The Ball adds a familiar unpretentiousness to trendy locales like Tao, Lavo, The Park, and Dream Hotel.
New York—and Brooklyn in particular—was familiar turf for Brinsley.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Kent will not let us off the familiar horror hook so easily.
Thure and Bud were too familiar with this type of wilderness manhood to be worried in the least over their rough looks and dress.The Cave of Gold|Everett McNeil
The building is so far beyond any familiar proportions that at first sight all details are lost upon its broad front.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2|Francis Marion Crawford
Now, you see, I'm not familiar with some of the things that were discussed with the other bureau commanders.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Forms, now turning into dust, holy in our memories, read these familiar pages.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton
And now more people were coming up the stairs, a drawling, familiar voice—Alma Drew on the landing below.The Tin Soldier|Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for familiar
Word Origin for familiar
Word Origin and History for familiar
mid-14c., "intimate, very friendly, on a family footing," from Old French famelier, from Latin familiaris "domestic, of a household;" also "familiar, intimate, friendly," dissimilated from *familialis, from familia (see family). The sense gradually broadened. Of things, from late 15c. The noun meaning "demon, evil spirit that answers one's call" is from 1580s.
Idioms and Phrases with familiar
see have a familiar ring.