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FAMILIAR

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FAMILIAR (noun)
  The noun FAMILIAR has 3 senses:

1. a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
2. a person who is frequently in the company of another
3. a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard

  Familiarity information: FAMILIAR used as a noun is uncommon.


FAMILIAR (adjective)
  The adjective FAMILIAR has 4 senses:

1. well known or easily recognized
2. within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange
3. (usually followed by 'with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly
4. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

  Familiarity information: FAMILIAR used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAMILIAR (noun)


Sense 1familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("familiar" is a kind of...):

retainer; servant (a person working in the service of another (especially in the household))


Sense 2familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is frequently in the company of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

companion; comrade; associate; familiar; fellow

Context examples:

drinking companions / comrades in arms

Hypernyms ("familiar" is a kind of...):

friend (a person you know well and regard with affection and trust)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "familiar"):

date; escort (a participant in a date)

playfellow; playmate (a companion at play)

tovarich; tovarisch (a comrade (especially in Russian communism))


Sense 3familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

familiar spirit; familiar

Hypernyms ("familiar" is a kind of...):

disembodied spirit; spirit (any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings)


FAMILIAR (adjective)


Sense 1familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Well known or easily recognized

Context examples:

a familiar figure / familiar songs / familiar guests

Similar:

old ((used for emphasis) very familiar)

long-familiar; well-known (frequently experienced; known closely or intimately)

beaten (much trodden and worn smooth or bare)

acquainted; acquainted with; familiar with (having fair knowledge of)

Also:

known (apprehended with certainty)

Attribute:

familiarity (usualness by virtue of being familiar or well known)

Antonym:

unfamiliar (not known or well known)


Sense 2familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

Context examples:

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

Similar:

common; usual (commonly encountered)

common or garden (the usual or familiar type)

everyday (commonplace and ordinary)

Antonym:

strange (being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird)


Sense 3familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually followed by 'with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

Synonyms:

conversant; familiar

Context examples:

conversant with business trends / familiar with the complex machinery / he was familiar with those roads

Similar:

informed (having much knowledge or education)


Sense 4familiar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

Synonyms:

intimate; familiar

Context examples:

on familiar terms / pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders

Similar:

close (close in relevance or relationship)


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