Definition of "familiar" []

  • Often encountered or seen. See Synonyms at common. (adjective)
  • Having fair knowledge; acquainted: was familiar with those roads. (adjective)
  • Of established friendship; intimate: on familiar terms. (adjective)
  • Natural and unstudied; informal: lectured in a familiar style. (adjective)
  • Taking undue liberties; presumptuous: Students should not be familiar toward an instructor. (adjective)
  • Well-known; easily recognized (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Frequent or customary (adjective)
  • Acquainted (adjective)
  • Friendly; informal (adjective)
  • Close; intimate (adjective)
  • More intimate than is acceptable; presumptuous (adjective)
  • A supernatural spirit often assuming animal form, supposed to attend and aid a witch, wizard, etc (noun)
  • A person, attached to the household of the pope or a bishop, who renders service in return for support (noun)
  • An officer of the Inquisition who arrested accused persons (noun)
  • A friend or frequent companion (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "familiar" in a sentence
  • "Walker first became a name familiar to the public when she starred in the TV series Profiler."
  • "However, 'blog implies that the user is certainly familiar with the term familiar enough to know it is derived from weblog or web log, but you never see 'b'log, do you? but feels some sort of anachronistic pull to demean the word with unnecessary punctuation; to say it can't stand on its own."
  • ""He didn't invent 'method acting' (Stanislavsky did), but he made the term familiar around the world, revolutionizing the actor's art with his natural, tortured and spontaneous early performances," Seiler says."