familiar

[ fuh-mil-yer ]
/ fəˈmɪl yər /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. familial paroxysmal polyserositis,
  2. familial periodic paralysis,
  3. familial polyendocrine adenomatosis,
  4. familial screening,
  5. familial spinal muscular atrophy,
  6. familiarise,
  7. familiarity,
  8. familiarity breeds contempt,
  9. familiarization,
  10. familiarize

Origin of familiar

1300–50; Middle English < Latin familiāris of a household (see family, -ar1); replacing Middle English famulier < Middle French < Latin, as above

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. 5. forward, bold.

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British Dictionary definitions for overfamiliar

overfamiliar

/ (ˌəʊvəfəˈmɪlɪə) /

adjective

excessively friendly, informal, or intimate
too well-known or easily recognizedan overfamiliar action movie
Derived Formsoverfamiliarity, noun

familiar

/ (fəˈmɪlɪə) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsfamiliarly, adverbfamiliarness, noun

Word Origin for familiar

C14: from Latin familiāris domestic, from familia family

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Word Origin and History for overfamiliar

familiar

adj.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with overfamiliar

familiar

see have a familiar ring.

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