- commonly or generally known or seen: a familiar sight.
- well-acquainted; thoroughly conversant: to be familiar with a subject.
- informal; easygoing; unceremonious; unconstrained: to write in a familiar style.
- closely intimate or personal: a familiar friend; to be on familiar terms.
- unduly intimate; too personal; taking liberties; presuming: The duchess disliked familiar servants.
- domesticated; tame.
- of or relating to a family or household.
- a familiar friend or associate.
- Also called familiar spirit. Witchcraft and Demonology. a supernatural spirit or demon, often in the form of an animal, supposed to serve and aid a witch or other individual.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- 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
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There's something besides the—familiarness that makes husbands dull.The Real Adventure
Henry Kitchell Webster
- well-known; easily recognizeda familiar figure
- frequent or customarya familiar excuse
- (postpositive foll by with) acquainted
- friendly; informal
- close; intimate
- more intimate than is acceptable; presumptuous
- an archaic word for familial
- Also called: familiar spirit a supernatural spirit often assuming animal form, supposed to attend and aid a witch, wizard, etc
- a person, attached to the household of the pope or a bishop, who renders service in return for support
- an officer of the Inquisition who arrested accused persons
- a friend or frequent companion
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.