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familiar

noun

1 familiar

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

Roget 979: god, goddess; heathen gods and goddesses; deva; Jupiter, Jove &c.; pantheon.    Allah, Bathala, Brahm, Brahma, Brahma, ... show more

Roget 980: demon, daemon, demonry, demonology; evil genius, fiend, familiar, daeva, devil; bad spirit, unclean spirit; cacodemon, incubus, ... show more

Polish: famulus



2 familiar

A friend who is frequently in the company of another.

synonyms: associate, companion, comrade, fellow.

Roget 890: friend, friend of one's bosom; alter ego; best friend, bosom friend, soulmate, fast friend; amicus [Lat.]; usque ad aras [Lat.]; fidus Achates [Lat.]; persona grata.    acquaintance, neighbor, next-door neighbor, ... show more

Dutch: gezelschapsdame, kameraad
Polish: kompan, kompanion

3 familiar

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

synonym: familiar spirit.

adjective

1 familiar

Well known or easily recognized.

Roget 892: sociable, companionable, clubbable, conversable, cosy, cosey, chatty, conversational; homiletical.    convivial; festive, festal; jovial, jolly, ... show more

Roget 894: courteous, polite, civil, mannerly, urbane; well-behaved, well-mannered, well-bred, well-brought up; good-mannered, polished, civilized, cultivated; refined ... show more

Roget 490: knowing etc. v.; cognitive; acroamatic.    aware of, cognizant of, conscious of; acquainted with, made acquainted with; privy to, no stranger to; au fait with, au courant; ... show more

Roget 136: frequent, many times, not rare, thickcoming, incessant, perpetual, continual, steady, constant, thick; uniform; repeated etc. 104; ... show more

Roget 613: habitual; accustomary; prescriptive, accustomed etc. v.; of daily occurrence, of everyday occurrence; consuetudinary; wonted, usual, general, ordinary, ... show more

2 familiar

Within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange.

3 familiar

usually followed by `with' Well informed about or knowing thoroughly:
— Familiar with the complex machinery.
— He was familiar with those roads.

synonym: conversant.

4 familiar

Having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship:
— On familiar terms.

synonym: intimate.

Roget 888: friendly; amicable, amical; well-affected, unhostile, neighborly, brotherly, fraternal, sympathetic, harmonious, hearty, cordial, warm-hearted.    friends with, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: Bohemian, abreast, accepted, accustomed, acquaintance, acquainted, acquainted with, advocate, affable, alter ego, amicable, amigo, ancestral spirits, angel, arrogant, attendant godling, au courant, au fait, audacious, average ... show more.

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