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Meaning of FAMILIAR

Pronunciation:  fu'milyur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
  2. [n]  a person who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"
  3. [n]  a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
  4. [adj]  having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
  5. [adj]  well known or easily recognized; not unfamiliar; "a familiar figure"; "familiar songs"; "familiar guests"
  6. [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"

FAMILIAR is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: acquainted with(p), acquainted(p), associate, beaten(a), close, common, common or garden, companion, comrade, everyday, familiar spirit, familiar with(p), fellow, intimate, long-familiar, old(a), usual, well known(p), well-known(a)
 Antonyms: strange, unfamiliar, unusual
 See Also: date, disembodied spirit, escort, friend, known, playfellow, playmate, retainer, servant, spirit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fa*mil`iar\, a. [OE. familer, familier, F. familier,
    fr. L. familiaris, fr. familia family. See {Family}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to a family; domestic. ``Familiar
       feuds.'' --Byron.
    2. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion;
       well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with
       the Scriptures.
    3. Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate
       friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible. ``In
       loose, familiar strains.'' --Addison.
             Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. --Shak.
    4. Well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a
       familiar illustration.
             That war, or peace, or both at once, may be As
             things acquainted and familiar to us. --Shak.
             There is nothing more familiar than this. --Locke.
    5. Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate. --Camden.
    {Familiar spirit}, a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend
       at call. --1 Sam. xxviii. 3, 7-9.
  2. \Fa*mil"iar\, n.
    1. An intimate; a companion.
             All my familiars watched for my halting. --Jer. xx.
    2. An attendant demon or evil spirit. --Shak.
    3. (Court of Inquisition) A confidential officer employed in
       the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending
       and imprisoning the accused.
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