familiar familiar  /fə ˈmɪl jər/


  1. (n) a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
  2. (n) a friend who is frequently in the company of another
  3. (n) a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
  4. (adj) well known or easily recognized
  5. (adj) within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange
  6. (adj) (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly
  7. (adj) having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship


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  • The familiar grey wood shacks with thatched roofs still stand between the moist green of mountains and banana trees and the dazzle of sparkling sea.


  1. Another Heat crown brings familiar ring

    Another Heat crown brings familiar ring Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:38 am, Friday, June 21, 2013 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Albany Times Union

  2. La Familiar, a pupuseria that even a dorm rat could love

    La Familiar in College Park serves Salvadoran specialties — and less-traditional eats — with care
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  3. Familiar setting

    If Daniel Lewis had to pick one word to describe the University of Missouri, he might pick “familiar.”
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Examiner


  1. "It was a rare and unique opportunity to consider adding not only a future Hall of Fame quarterback but one that is very familiar with our system and division," Childress said in a statement. "That does not detract from the team that we have....
    on Jul 28, 2009 By: Brad Childress Source: FOXSports.com

  2. "There are some legitimate philosophical differences with parts of my plan that the Republicans have, and I respect that," Mr Obama said. "In some cases they may just not be as familiar with what's in the package as I would like. I don't...
    on Jan 27, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: BBC News

  3. Clinton said that when he ran in 1992, "The Republicans said I was too young and inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. Sound familiar? It wasn't true in 1992 because we were on the right side of history, and it won't work in 2008 because Barack...
    on Aug 27, 2008 By: Bill Clinton Source: Howey Politics Indiana

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