a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associate(noun)
a friend who is frequently in the company of another
"drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"
familiar, familiar spirit(adj)
a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
well known or easily recognized
"a familiar figure"; "familiar songs"; "familiar guests"
within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange
"familiar ordinary objects found in every home"; "a familiar everyday scene"; "a familiar excuse"; "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"
(usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly
"conversant with business trends"; "familiar with the complex machinery"; "he was familiar with those roads"
having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
"on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
A member of one's family or household.
A close friend.
An attendant spirit often in animal form.
The witch's familiar was a black cat.
Known to one.
There's a familiar face.
I'm not familiar with this system.
Intimate or friendly.
We are not on familiar terms.
Inappropriately intimate or friendly.
Don't be familiar with me, boy!
Of or pertaining to a family; familial.
of or pertaining to a family; domestic
closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures
characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible
well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration
improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate
an intimate; a companion
an attendant demon or evil spirit
a confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fa-mil′yar, adj. well acquainted or intimate: showing the manner of an intimate: free: unceremonious: having a thorough knowledge of: well known or understood: private, domestic: common, plain.—n. one well or long acquainted: a spirit or demon supposed to attend an individual at call: a member of a pope's or bishop's household: the officer of the Inquisition who arrested the suspected.—v.t. Famil′iarise, to make thoroughly acquainted: to accustom: to make easy by practice or study.—n. Familiar′ity, intimate acquaintanceship: freedom from constraint: any unusual or unwarrantable freedom in act or speech toward another, acts of license—usually in pl.—adv. Famil′iarly. [O. Fr. familier—L. familiaris, from familia, a family.]
Familiar turns your computer into a social picture frame programmed by your closest friends and family. Familiar brings photos directly to your screen, blending elements of the picture frame and slideshow to personalize your screen with life’s cherished moments. Mom and Dad, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters can all get connected on Familiar so their screensaver is personalized with the best family photos.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'familiar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1810
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'familiar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2757
Rank popularity for the word 'familiar' in Adjectives Frequency: #236
The numerical value of familiar in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of familiar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of familiar in a Sentence
Be neither too remote nor too familiar.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.
Judge Sullivan's certainly familiar with going rogue.
This is a situation that Houstonians should be familiar with.
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Translations for familiar
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- интимен, близък, известен, познат, фамилиаренBulgarian
- familiarCatalan, Valencian
- φιλικός, οικείος, γνωστός, εξοικειωμένος, γνώριμοςGreek
- familiar, espíritu familiar, familiarizadoSpanish
- tuttu, apuhenki, läheinen, tuttavallinen, apuolentoFinnish
- ծանոթ, մտերիմArmenian
- famiglio, familiareItalian
- なじみ, 使い魔Japanese
- nêzîk, nêz, شارهزا, niyas, nasKurdish
- geleidegeest, familiair, geleidedier, vertrouwd, bekendDutch
- chowaniec, poufały, bliski, znajomy, znanyPolish
- familiar, espírito familiar, próximo, conhecidoPortuguese
- фамильярный, известный, знакомый, интимный, близкий, знакомыеRussian
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