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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: familier, from Latin familia; FAMILY

familiar

1 adjective
     
fa‧mil‧i‧ar1 S2 W2
1 someone or something that is familiar is well-known to you and easy to recognize:
a familiar tune
look/sound familiar
The voice on the phone sounded familiar.
familiar to
The signs of drug addiction are familiar to most doctors.
It was a relief to be back in familiar surroundings.
Beggars on the street are becoming a familiar sight.
This kind of situation was all too familiar (=very familiar) to John.
Her face seems vaguely familiar, but I can't quite place her.
2

be familiar with something

to have a good knowledge or understanding of something:
Are you familiar with this type of machine?
I'm not familiar with her poetry.
3

be on familiar terms with somebody

to know someone well and be able to talk to them in an informal way:
He's on familiar terms with all the teachers.
4 talking to someone as if you know them well although you do not
familiar with
I thought he was being a bit familiar with my wife.
5 informal and friendly in speech, writing etc:
The novel is written in an easy, familiar style.

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