- 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.
- familial paroxysmal polyserositis,
- familial periodic paralysis,
- familial polyendocrine adenomatosis,
- familial screening,
- familial spinal muscular atrophy,
- familiarity breeds contempt,
Origin of familiar
Examples from the Web for familiarly
He so endeared himself to a young Pakistani American, Majid Khan, that Khan referred to him familiarly as Chacha—“Uncle” in Urdu.9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Finally on Trial at Guantanamo|Terry McDermott|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Going back to Belgrade after 11 years, there was a newness to it, so the experience of it was familiarly exciting.
"Good-morning, mistress," said he familiarly, approaching Madame Desvarennes.Serge Panine, Complete|Georges Ohnet
At last came the inevitable pest, the familiarly suggestive outsider.The Trail of the Hawk|Sinclair Lewis
Of these, perhaps the best known is the brown “woolly worm” or “hedgehog caterpillar,” as it is familiarly called.A Book of Natural History|Various
I questioned him familiarly and kindly in relation to his speculative views.
"Uncle Dennis," as he was familiarly called, was himself a striking character, a man of original manners and racy conversation.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
Word Origin 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.
see have a familiar ring.