Familiar - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fəˈmɪliər|  American pronunciation of the word familiar
Brit.  |fəˈmɪlɪə|  British pronunciation of the word familiar


- a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
- a friend who is frequently in the company of another (syn: associate, companion, comrade, fellow)
- a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
- (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly (syn: conversant)
familiar with the complex machinery
he was familiar with those roads
- having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship (syn: intimate)
on familiar terms


...a longtime familiar of the bar, she would most likely have been there on the night in question...

...with old familiars the normally reserved writer can be quite warm and funny...

The essay covers familiar ground.

She has become a familiar figure in the world of politics.

She spoke in a familiar way about her past.

an essay written in a familiar style

a familiar way of addressing someone

They felt the waiter was being overly familiar.

Her face seemed familiar to me.

The voice on the phone sounded familiar.

The signs of drug addiction are familiar to most doctors.

It was a relief to be back in familiar surroundings.

Beggars on the street are becoming a familiar sight.

This kind of situation was all too familiar (=very familiar) to John.

Her face seems vaguely familiar, but I can't quite place her.

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