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English adjective: familiar

1. familiar well known or easily recognized

SamplesA familiar figure.
Familiar songs.
Familiar guests.

Similaracquainted, beaten, long-familiar, old, well-known

See alsoknown



2. familiar within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

SamplesFamiliar ordinary objects found in every home.
A familiar everyday scene.
A familiar excuse.
A day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences.

Similarcommon, common or garden, everyday, usual

Antonymsstrange, unusual

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

SamplesConversant with business trends.
Familiar with the complex machinery.
He was familiar with those roads.




4. familiar having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

SamplesOn familiar terms.
Pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders.



Antonymsdistant, remote

English noun: familiar

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

Broader (hypernym)retainer, servant

2. familiar (person) a friend who is frequently in the company of another

SamplesDrinking companions.
Comrades in arms.

Synonymsassociate, companion, comrade, fellow

Broader (hypernym)friend

Narrower (hyponym)date, escort, playfellow, playmate, tovarich, tovarisch

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

Synonymsfamiliar spirit

Broader (hypernym)disembodied spirit, spirit

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