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
The nomination process has reached a point that requires someone familiar with the complexities involved in the final stages.
It is obvious that older voters need more information about Bernie Sanders, his record and his agenda, while it is true that many seniors are online, many seniors are also not and this campaign a lot of younger voters have learned about Bernie's campaign on social media and online, so I think it is fair to say that younger voters are more familiar with him.
We are seeing the largest weaknesses in some of the familiar emerging markets like South Africa, Turkey and Brazil, politics seems to be playing a role.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
However, the general social acceptance of hate and violence toward any and all law enforcement recently has created such an unpredictable and uncontrollable threat to our lives, many feel it is not a good career to be involved in. Statistics show the number of police officers feloniously killed in the line of duty had been on a downward trajectory since 1970. This year, cop deaths are up more than 50 percent, and the victims in Dallas, Baton Rouge and other cases were targeted for assassination rather than killed in the process of confronting dangerous criminals. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the number of officers fatally shot is already up 56 percent compared with last year. One person who is all too familiar with race-related riots and police problems is Tom Jackson, former police chief in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of cops is going to hurt recruitment badly, how can you convince people to come to the profession, or stay in the profession, when hundreds of people are in front of them threatening to rape their grandkids ? Now officers' spouses and children are seeing cops going down and they are begging their loved ones to get out of the force or not sign up as planned, added Tom Jackson, who retired in March, 2015. According to Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson former department is still rocked by the heavy riots and remains 17 officers short – dropping from a full strength of 55 in Tom Jackson time to 38 now.
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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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