(noun, adjective)


1. well known or easily recognized

- a familiar figure

- familiar songs

- familiar guests

Similar word(s): acquainted, beaten, old, known

2. within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

- familiar ordinary objects found in every home

- a familiar everyday scene

- a familiar excuse

Similar word(s): common, usual, garden, everyday

3. (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

- familiar with the complex machinery

- he was familiar with those roads

Similar word(s): informed, conversant

4. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

- on familiar terms

Similar word(s): close, intimate

Sentences with familiar as an adjective:

- there’s a familiar face;

- I'm quite familiar with this system;

- we are not on familiar terms;


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

Definition categories: person, retainer, servant

2. a friend who is frequently in the company of another

Similar word(s): associate, companion, comrade, fellow

Definition categories: person, friend

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

Definition categories: person, spirit

Sentences with familiar as a noun:

- The witch’s familiar was a black cat.