- 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
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.