from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Often encountered or seen. See Synonyms at common.
- adj. Having fair knowledge; acquainted: was familiar with those roads.
- adj. Of established friendship; intimate: on familiar terms.
- adj. Natural and unstudied; informal: lectured in a familiar style.
- adj. Taking undue liberties; presumptuous: Students should not be familiar toward an instructor.
- adj. Familial.
- adj. Domesticated; tame. Used of animals.
- n. A close friend or associate.
- n. An attendant spirit, often taking animal form.
- n. One who performs domestic service in the household of a high official.
- n. A person who frequents a place.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Known to one.
- adj. Acquainted.
- adj. Intimate or friendly.
- adj. Inappropriately intimate or friendly.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a family; familial.
- n. A member of one's family or household.
- n. A close friend.
- n. An attendant spirit often in animal form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a family; domestic.
- adj. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study.
- adj. Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible.
- adj. Well known; well understood; common; frequent.
- adj. Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.
- n. An intimate; a companion.
- n. An attendant demon or evil spirit.
- n. A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a family; domestic.
- Having, or springing from, intimate and friendly social relations; closely intimate: as, a familiar friend; familiar companionship; to be on familiar terms with one.
- Having a friendly aspect or manner; exhibiting the manner of an intimate friend; affable; not formal or distant; especially, using undue familiarity; intrusive; forward.
- Characterized by ease or absence of stiffness or pedantry; unconstrained.
- Having an intimate knowledge; well knowing; well acquainted; well versed (in a subject of study): as, he is familiar with the works of Horace.
- Well known from frequent observation, use, etc.; well understood.
- Synonyms Close, intimate, amicable, fraternal, near.
- n. A familiar friend; an intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse.
- n. A familiar spirit; a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call. See familiar spirit, under I.
- n. 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.
- n. An officer of the Tribunal of the Inquisition who arrested persons accused or suspected. See inquisition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
- adj. (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly
- adj. well known or easily recognized
- n. a friend who is frequently in the company of another
- n. a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
- adj. within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange
- n. a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
Middle English, from Old French familier, from Latin familiāris, domestic, from familia, family; see family.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)