familiar

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English[edit]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /fəˈmɪl.i.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /fəˈmɪl.jɚ/, /fəˈmɪl.i.ɚ/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

familiar (comparative more familiar, superlative most familiar)

  1. Known to one.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845: 
      Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.
    there’s a familiar face;  that tune sounds familiar
  2. Acquainted.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, The China Governess[1]:
      The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. No one queried it. It was in the classic pattern of human weakness, mean and embarrassing and sad.
    I'm quite familiar with this system;  she's not familiar with manual gears
  3. Intimate or friendly.
    we are not on familiar terms;  our neighbour is not familiar
    • Shakespeare
      Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
  4. Inappropriately intimate or friendly.
    Don’t be familiar with me, boy!
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Camden to this entry?)
  5. Of or pertaining to a family; familial.
    • Byron
      familiar feuds

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Noun[edit]

familiar (plural familiars)

  1. (obsolete) A member of one's family or household.
  2. (obsolete) A close friend.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.i.4.2:
      a friend of mine, that finding a receipt in Brassavola, would needs take hellebore in substance, and try it on his own person; but had not some of his familiars come to visit him by chance, he had by his indiscretion hazarded himself; many such I have observed.
  3. An attendant spirit often in animal form.
    The witch’s familiar was a black cat.

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Adjective[edit]

familiar m, f (masculine and feminine plural familiars)

  1. familiar

Noun[edit]

familiar m, f (plural familiars)

  1. relative

Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

familiar m, f (plural familiares)

  1. familiar (as opposed to formal)

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

familiar m

  1. plural indefinite of familie

Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

familiar m, f (plural familiares; comparable)

  1. familiar (known to one)
  2. of or relating to a family

Noun[edit]

familiar please add gender (plural familiares)

  1. familiar (attendant spirit)

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Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

familiar m, f (plural familiares)

  1. of family
  2. close, familiar
  3. daily, plain

Noun[edit]

familiar m, f (plural familiares)

  1. relative

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