1. [ adjective ] well known or easily recognized; not unfamiliar

"a familiar figure" "familiar songs" "familiar guests"

Related terms: unfamiliar old acquainted long-familiar long-familiar beaten known familiarity
2. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: strange common common_or_garden everyday
3. [ adjective ] (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly
Synonyms: conversant

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

Related terms: informed
4. [ adjective ] taking undue liberties
Synonyms: overfamiliar

"young women disliked the overfamiliar tone he took with them"

Related terms: forward
5. [ adjective ] having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
Synonyms: intimate

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

Related terms: close
6. [ noun ] a person who is frequently in the company of another
Synonyms: comrade companion fellow associate

"drinking companions" "comrades in arms"

Related terms: friend date playmate tovarich consort
7. [ adjective ] natural and unstudied
Synonyms: casual free-and-easy

"using their Christian names in a casual way" "lectured in a free-and-easy style"

Related terms: informal
8. [ noun ] (work) a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
Related terms: servant
9. [ noun ] (folklore) a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
Synonyms: familiar_spirit
Related terms: spirit
Similar spelling:   familiarly