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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fa·mil·iar /fəˈmɪljɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fa·mil·iar a.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fa·mil·iar, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]