Definition of 'familiar'


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1. obsolete A close friend.

2. obsolete A member of one's family or household.

3. An attendant spirit often in animal form.

4. A person who frequents a place.

5. An attendant spirit, often taking animal form.

6. One who performs domestic service in the household of a high official.

7. A close friend or associate.

8. An attendant demon or evil spirit.

9. (Court of Inquisition) A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.

10. An intimate; a companion.

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

12. a friend who is frequently in the company of another

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

14. A familiar friend; an intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse.

15. A familiar spirit; a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call. See familiar spirit, under I.

16. In the Roman Catholic Church, a member of the household of the pope or of a bishop, supported at his expense, and rendering him domestic, though not menial service. The familiar must live in the diocese of his superior.

17. An officer of the Tribunal of the Inquisition who arrested persons accused or suspected. See inquisition.

18. Acquainted.

19. Of or pertaining to a family; familial.

20. Inappropriately intimate or friendly.

21. Known to one.

22. Intimate or friendly.

23. Of established friendship; intimate.

24. Having fair knowledge; acquainted.

25. Natural and unstudied; informal.

26. Often encountered or seen: synonym: common.

27. Domesticated; tame. Used of animals.

28. Taking undue liberties; presumptuous.

29. Familial.

30. Well known; well understood; common; frequent.

31. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study.

32. a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call.

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

34. Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.

35. Of or pertaining to a family; domestic.

36. well known or easily recognized

37. within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

38. (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

39. Having, or springing from, intimate and friendly social relations; closely intimate: as, a familiar friend; familiar companionship; to be on familiar terms with one.

40. Characterized by ease or absence of stiffness or pedantry; unconstrained.

41. Synonyms Close, intimate, amicable, fraternal, near.

42. Having a friendly aspect or manner; exhibiting the manner of an intimate friend; affable; not formal or distant; especially, using undue familiarity; intrusive; forward.

43. Having an intimate knowledge; well knowing; well acquainted; well versed (in a subject of study): as, he is familiar with the works of Horace.

44. Well known from frequent observation, use, etc.; well understood.

45. Pertaining to a family; domestic.


1. Back on familiar territory to face his old club and the team he regards as the best in the world.

2. The military bootcamp is now such a familiar subject of documentaries and films that it has become its own entertainment genre.

3. But there were no familiar faces.

4. She's a familiar face rather than a famous name.

5. This was the kind of writing that makes you pause and look again at something so familiar that you had ceased to notice it.

6. This is familiar territory for Sewell.

7. A source familiar with the thinking said:'People say we have not got any cards.

8. Today it is one of the most familiar sights in the countryside.

9. One or two familiar figures may have retired.

10. This most familiar person turns to see him now and is overwhelmed.

11. Why did that pretty face seem so familiar?

12. Sources familiar with the talks stressed that no deal had yet been agreed.

13. Those who are already familiar with fasting know what they can expect of themselves.

14. Yet veteran fans may detect something distinctly familiar about much of the new show.

15. WE'RE all familiar with different ways of addressing people around the country.

16. This decisive approach is familiar to close friends.

17. The path was familiar to him now.

18. They are familiar and friendly and therefore difficult to refuse!

19. One person familiar with the situation compared it to a run on a bank.

20. There are lots of familiar faces from comedy at the festival.

21. There was something about the uniform that felt so reassuringly familiar.

22. The fixed grin had given way to that familiar look of resignation.

23. Connections that are a surprise on the first bite and familiar best friends on the second.

24. The footage accompanying it uses a now familiar slogan.

25. Yet this lie-in king sticks to familiar territory.

26. What makes the film such compelling drama is how familiar the landscape is almost 25 years on.

27. As he stepped into the lights, the familiar giant figure looked stricken.

28. Thankfully, there are some friendly and familiar faces too.

29. If you have bought a new car recently, you may already be familiar with lane assist and parking cameras.

30. A source familiar with the matter said that the employee had posted details of the 900 on a website used to trade stolen financial data.

31. ‘Another local man whose voice is so familiar to listeners is news presenter Sen O'Ciobhn who has been with the station since its foundation.’

32. ‘Their brother Alan is the chief P.A. announcer at Old Trafford and his voice is familiar to many regulars who visit the famous ground.’

33. ‘His distinctive voice has long been familiar to Chinese audiences.’

34. ‘For some strange reason, the voice was familiar to Jonathon.’

35. ‘When he pulled away, his father laughed down at him and spoke in the gruff-yet-gentle voice that was so familiar to his ears.’

36. ‘The voice sounded faintly familiar to Draica but she quickly pushed the thought of her mind and focused on staying hidden.’

37. ‘His sarcastic voice sounds vaguely familiar to Rena, and she wishes Jem would step aside so she can get a better look.’

38. ‘Thinking that the voice sounded somehow familiar to me, I tried to place it.’

39. ‘He thought his voice sounded familiar, and it was probably one of his friends.’

40. ‘The band sounded familiar, he vaguely remembered a friend telling him about them a while ago.’

41. ‘Oddly, he looked familiar and with a closer inspection she realized who it was.’

42. ‘The guy in charge of leadership is sitting at his desk and I think for a second that he looks familiar.’

43. ‘He had copper-brownish red very curly hair, and for a second he looked familiar, but I shook my head.’

44. ‘He had visited them before and there were the usual familiar faces, but on this occasion what he experienced left him shaken.’

45. ‘It's a comfortable environment of known quantities, familiar faces, and common verbal shorthand.’

46. ‘It can be comforting to encounter the familiar faces of cats and dogs and farm animals in foreign lands.’

47. ‘Artexpo is also filled with annual happenings and familiar faces that make the show complete.’

48. ‘Phil's motives and experience sounds very familiar.’

49. ‘Suddenly I was experiencing familiar taste sensations, so different from the interesting but unfamiliar flavours of the orient.’

50. ‘At this stage of the game, your manner should indicate to us that you will be a reassuringly familiar experience.’

51. ‘But a brush with the new authorities can mean a familiar encounter over identity cards and threats.’

52. ‘The current debate around common factors feels quite familiar.’

53. ‘Well if you were vindicating your right of exclusive possession of the premises, you are in a very familiar common law area.’

54. ‘In British Columbia, L. disjunctus is the more common, widespread and familiar species.’

55. ‘Surely one could expect no surprises from a substance so common and so familiar.’

56. ‘Now but if cows are familiar and common you'd think we'd know what they eat especially if we eat them or drink their milk.’

57. ‘These forms of unease are familiar once we have encountered the problem of free will through the hypothesis of determinism.’

58. ‘A new minister faces a familiar problem - the annual A&E crisis - but is she ready to prescribe radical treatment?’

59. ‘These situations have become familiar and common to most of us.’

60. ‘This focus on foliage gives the scenteds little in common with the familiar bedding geranium and its big red flowers.’

61. ‘Chances are that you found the sentence confusing, even though all the words are common and familiar.’

62. ‘For people born in Britain before the Second World War, child deaths - mainly from infectious diseases - were a familiar experience.’

63. ‘Take this familiar experience: spell a word wrongly in Microsoft Word and you see a wavy red underline appear under the word.’

64. ‘These kinds of killings that we witness and hear about have become all too familiar and frequent for us to either exhibit our emotions or even react in any way.’

65. ‘Movies don't just offer us an escape, but reflect our realities and familiar experiences.’

66. ‘University education is a process which ought to take you beyond the world of familiar experience.’

67. ‘The most familiar, and second strongest, force described in the standard model is electromagnetism.’

68. ‘In fats the alcohol is glycerol, more familiar under its common name of glycerine.’

69. ‘The plight of Mountain Rivera is a common tragedy, repeated in familiar ways time and time again.’

70. ‘Exhibitions celebrating the art of the goldsmith are a familiar feature of the annual programme at Goldsmiths' Hall.’

71. ‘Our goal is to inspire those who are already familiar with what we believe and inform those who are not.’

72. ‘Most people will be familiar with the feeling that once one has seen one Roman ruin one might as well have seen the lot.’

73. ‘It adds to the enjoyment if you are familiar with this type of story, and I admit you might be a bit lost without it.’

74. ‘We are really concentrating on him playing the new stuff that he is not as familiar with.’

75. ‘It is amazing how we can all be so familiar with something and not know its history or its origin.’

76. ‘She has a sister here and is familiar with most of the hangouts in the twin cities.’

77. ‘They are guided through the process until they are familiar with it and can go on to start making their own lunch.’

78. ‘The inquest failed to discover why he had been on the road at that time, or whether he was familiar with it.’

79. ‘Apologies to any readers who are not familiar with the geography of Aberdeen's suburbs.’

80. ‘His work on the roads made him familiar with many in the villages around this region.’

81. ‘Most of my driving is done locally, but it is easy for someone not familiar with a particular road to miss a sign.’

82. ‘Many will be familiar with the sight of crocosmia in the southwest of Ireland.’

83. ‘Readers familiar with Highland stores will know that the choice tends to be fairly limited.’

84. ‘Not all of us appeared to be terribly familiar with anywhere outside the city centre, either.’

85. ‘Belle de Jour is sometimes fascinating because it reveals a life which not all of us are familiar with.’

86. ‘If you have the time and are familiar with any of these names I would like to hear from you.’

87. ‘Veteran aid workers like Endris are all too familiar with the early warning signs of famine.’

88. ‘Even to those familiar with the story, the sufferings of the navy make shocking reading.’

89. ‘I do not know whether you are familiar with the review that was conducted by him?’

90. ‘You might also be familiar with the green lit figure that shows it's safe to cross the road.’

91. ‘So that there is the use of language by the Parliament which engages concepts with which the common law is familiar.’

92. ‘A lump formed in Lexus' throat, as he watched his oldest, and most familiar confidante, and friend, slip away.’

93. ‘The old man was on familiar terms with Matusoka Tamaki.’

94. ‘Everson dropped the usual ‘Humbly report Your Levity’ and spoke to the wizard in very familiar terms.’

95. ‘Ian flushed happily with the familiar term of endearment from his father-in-law, but then continued seriously.’

96. ‘We're on familiar terms with all but one of the Founding Fathers.’

97. ‘Charlotte frowned upon hearing Emma refer to Darcy with such a familiar term, almost jumping up from her position on her bed.’

98. ‘They were both regulars of the bar, and on familiar terms with Julian.’

99. ‘The artist clearly was on familiar terms with this patron and benefactor and portrayed him a number of times.’

100. ‘Everyone knew one another and addressed each other in familiar terms.’

101. ‘It cost him most of his white friends at a time when it was difficult to be accepted on familiar terms by Africans.’

102. ‘I was a little taken aback by her use of the familiar term but I recovered quickly.’

103. ‘I did know, by hearsay, that she was on familiar terms with the exile court.’

104. ‘In real life it is true that Brecht was on familiar terms and conducted political discussions with Harich.’

105. ‘There is no room for your overly familiar, glaringly inappropriate questions.’

106. ‘I'm glad I read everyone else's reviews about the over familiar waiters, because I had a hard time convincing my boyfriend I hadn't been before when on my first time there the waiter came over, put his arm round me and said it was great to see me again.’

107. ‘Personally, I think he's a bit too familiar and a little too "nice" with all his happy hours and friendliness. But it works for him so far.’

108. ‘The familiar of a witch is always a black cat; and it is supposed that black cats have powers and faculties quite different from all other of the feline tribe.’

109. ‘In the early modern period both familiars and fairies were believed to possess a range of supernatural powers which were considered capable of affecting almost any aspect of human life.’

110. ‘Both familiars and fairies could appear dressed wholly in black, or wholly in white, or in any variety of colours in between.’

111. ‘To aid the witch, she would keep a ‘familiar’ - a cat or other animal - which was really a demon who served the witch.’

112. ‘familiars were usually small animals such as dogs, cats, toads, mice and owls. Many witches' familiars had unusual names.’

113. a familiar figure

Other users have misspelling familiar as:

1. familier 9.38%

2. familar 5.38%

3. familer 3.43%

4. familure 2.12%

5. fimilar 2.12%

6. familliar 1.39%

7. fimiliar 1.22%

8. Other 74.96%

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