[ fuh-mil-yer ]
/ fəˈmɪl yər /
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.
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.
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Origin of familiar
SYNONYMS FOR familiar
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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OTHER WORDS FROM familiar
fa·mil·iar·ly, adverbfa·mil·iar·ness, nounnon·fa·mil·iar, adjectivenon·fa·mil·iar·ly, adverb
o·ver·fa·mil·iar, adjectiveo·ver·fa·mil·iar·ly, adverbpre·fa·mil·iar, adjectivepre·fa·mil·iar·ly, adverbqua·si-fa·mil·iar, adjectivequa·si-fa·mil·iar·ly, adverbul·tra·fa·mil·iar, adjective
Words nearby familiar
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Example sentences from the Web for familiarness
There's something besides the—familiarness that makes husbands dull.The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
British Dictionary definitions for familiarness
/ (fəˈmɪlɪə) /
well-known; easily recognizeda familiar figure
frequent or customarya familiar excuse
(postpositive foll by with) acquainted
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
Derived forms of familiarfamiliarly, adverbfamiliarness, noun
Word Origin for familiar
C14: from Latin familiāris domestic, from familia family
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Idioms and Phrases with familiarness
see have a familiar ring.
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