- 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
Synonyms for familiar
Related Words for familiarlypersonally, informally, well, confidentially, lovingly, privately, secretly
Examples from the Web for familiarly
Contemporary Examples of 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
May 4, 2012
Going back to Belgrade after 11 years, there was a newness to it, so the experience of it was familiarly exciting.A Fierce Debut
March 9, 2011
Historical Examples of familiarly
"Good evening, baby," said Fauchery, kissing her familiarly.
It was the first time that she had addressed him familiarly.
As they crossed over the course she spoke low and familiarly.
“Second outfit below Forty-Mile,” said Huntington, familiarly.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
It seemed odd to hear this other speak so 332 familiarly of Don.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
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.