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Meaning & Definition of Familiar in English

English

Familiar

/fəmɪljər/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • familiar

2. A friend who is frequently in the company of another

  • "Drinking companions"
  • "Comrades in arms"
    synonym:
  • companion
  • ,
  • comrade
  • ,
  • fellow
  • ,
  • familiar
  • ,
  • associate

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

    synonym:
  • familiar
  • ,
  • familiar spirit

adjective

1. Well known or easily recognized

  • "A familiar figure"
  • "Familiar songs"
  • "Familiar guests"
    synonym:
  • familiar

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • familiar

3. (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"
    synonym:
  • conversant(p)
  • ,
  • familiar(p)

4. Having mutual interests or affections

  • Of established friendship
  • "On familiar terms"
  • "Pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
    synonym:
  • familiar
  • ,
  • intimate

Examples of using

Your face is familiar, but I can't recall your name.
Why is this so familiar?
I saw many familiar faces.