1. Of or pertaining to a family; domestic. “Familiar feuds.”
Syn: -- familial.
2. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures.
3. Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible. “In loose, familiar strains.”
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. --Shak.
4. Well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration.
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
As things acquainted and familiar to us. --Shak.
There is nothing more familiar than this. --Locke.
5. Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.
Familiar spirit, a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call.
1. An intimate; a companion.
All my familiars watched for my halting. --Jer. xx. 10.
2. An attendant demon or evil spirit.
3. Court of Inquisition A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.
adj 1: well known or easily recognized; "a familiar figure";
"familiar songs"; "familiar guests" [ant: unfamiliar]
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" [ant: strange]
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" [syn: 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" [syn: intimate]
n 1: a person attached to the household of a high official (as a
pope or bishop) who renders service in return for
2: a person who is frequently in the company of another;
"drinking companions"; "comrades in arms" [syn: companion,
comrade, fellow, associate]
3: a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant
to a witch or wizard [syn: familiar spirit]