What does familiar mean?

Definitions for familiar
fəˈmɪl yərfa·mil·iar

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word familiar.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. familiarnoun

    a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support

  2. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associatenoun

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  3. familiar, familiar spiritadjective

    a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard

  4. familiaradjective

    well known or easily recognized

    "a familiar figure"; "familiar songs"; "familiar guests"

  5. familiaradjective

    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"

  6. conversant(p), familiar(p)adjective

    (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"

  7. familiar, intimateadjective

    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

    "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"

Wiktionary

  1. familiarnoun

    A member of one's family or household.

  2. familiarnoun

    A close friend.

  3. familiarnoun

    An attendant spirit often in animal form.

    The witch's familiar was a black cat.

  4. familiaradjective

    Known to one.

    There's a familiar face.

  5. familiaradjective

    Acquainted.

    I'm not familiar with this system.

  6. familiaradjective

    Intimate or friendly.

    We are not on familiar terms.

  7. familiaradjective

    Inappropriately intimate or friendly.

    Don't be familiar with me, boy!

  8. familiaradjective

    Of or pertaining to a family; familial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Familiaradjective

    of or pertaining to a family; domestic

  2. Familiaradjective

    closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures

  3. Familiaradjective

    characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible

  4. Familiaradjective

    well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration

  5. Familiaradjective

    improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate

  6. Familiarnoun

    an intimate; a companion

  7. Familiarnoun

    an attendant demon or evil spirit

  8. Familiarnoun

    a confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Familiar

    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.]

CrunchBase

  1. Familiar

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'familiar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1810

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'familiar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2757

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'familiar' in Adjectives Frequency: #236

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of familiar in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of familiar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of familiar in a Sentence

  1. Ben Carson The neurosurgeon:

    Praying for #WalterScott's family. Heartbreaking too familiar. We can do better - rebuild trust, reform justice system, respect all lives.

  2. Donald Trump:

    There are a number of links between the real estate tycoon’s political operation and the Make America Great Again PAC. Mike Ciletti, a Colorado-based operative who told Politico in August that Mike Ciletti is a consultant for the super PAC … The Donald Trump campaign has paid Ciletti’s printing firm since April, with the most recently reported payment on Sept. 18 … In one of several interviews with The Washington Post, Corey Lewandowski Fox News First denied knowing Mike Ciletti or anyone connected to the super PAC. ‘ I don’t know Mike Ciletti, ’ Corey Lewandowski said. Two days later, when confronted with the campaign’s payments to Ciletti’s firm, Corey Lewandowski acknowledged Mike Ciletti was familiar with Ciletti. ‘ I know a lot of people, ’ Mike Ciletti said. ‘ I know of Mike Ciletti. ’ After being pressed for more details, Mike Ciletti hung up.

  3. Mary Norine Walsh:

    They’re user-friendly and easily taken off the wall or from their location, and they definitely save lives when used in time, but it’s very important to be familiar with them in general, and to know where exactly you can find them in an emergency.

  4. Joe Darby:

    He's familiar, he doesn't wait until an election year to show his face.

  5. Kristyn Brandi:

    The pill and sterilization are our oldest forms of birth control and women are more familiar with them, so many women use what they are familiar with. However, as newer devices come unto the market and become popular, that may change.

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    • A. obnoxious
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    • C. opaque
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