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. familiar(noun)

    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, associate(noun)

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  3. familiar, familiar spirit(adj)

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

  4. familiar(adj)

    well known or easily recognized

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

  5. familiar(adj)

    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)(adj)

    (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, intimate(adj)

    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

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

Wiktionary

  1. familiar(Noun)

    A member of one's family or household.

  2. familiar(Noun)

    A close friend.

  3. familiar(Noun)

    An attendant spirit often in animal form.

    The witch's familiar was a black cat.

  4. familiar(Adjective)

    Known to one.

    There's a familiar face.

  5. familiar(Adjective)

    Acquainted.

    I'm not familiar with this system.

  6. familiar(Adjective)

    Intimate or friendly.

    We are not on familiar terms.

  7. familiar(Adjective)

    Inappropriately intimate or friendly.

    Don't be familiar with me, boy!

  8. familiar(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a family; familial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Familiar(adj)

    of or pertaining to a family; domestic

  2. Familiar(adj)

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

  3. Familiar(adj)

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

  4. Familiar(adj)

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

  5. Familiar(adj)

    improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate

  6. Familiar(noun)

    an intimate; a companion

  7. Familiar(noun)

    an attendant demon or evil spirit

  8. Familiar(noun)

    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.

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

How to pronounce familiar?

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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. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt, p. 215:

    There is a particular disdain with which Siamese cats regard you. Anyone who has walked in on the Queen cleaning her teeth will be familiar with the feeling.

  2. Rick Santorum:

    I'm very familiar with the law, Chris, because I passed it, i wrote the partial-birth abortion statute and if you listen to the tapes, and you look at what the procedures are, they are doing just that.

  3. Tom Cotton:

    As a former U.S. Attorney, I am all too familiar with criminals hiding behind shell corporations to enable their illegal behavior.

  4. Maria Ressa:

    Trump is very familiar to Filipinos. Many people have observed that he and Duterte have many things in common -- they are both sexist at best, misogynous at worst. They incite to hate and sometimes to violence, and they tend to divide and conquer, making it us against them, instead of providing a leadership that tries to unite and to heal, but in general, Filipinos are stunned by what's happening in the US. It is familiar to us -- we have a president who tells police to shoot people dead -- but this is the United States. It's always been the guiding light, the values of democracy, the founding fathers' declaration of independence. And for the last three years, we and the world have grappled with who takes global leadership. We are wondering, has democracy failed?

  5. Brian Teta:

    They could only hear( each other) until now, they really haven't missed a beat. And the ladies really just have blown everybody away, because they're able to roll with this and do a version of the show that is very familiar in this very unfamiliar circumstance.

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