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familiar meaning

EN[fəˈmɪl.i.ə] [fəˈmɪl.jɚ] [fəˈmɪl.i.ɚ]
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    Definition of familiar in English Dictionary

  • NounPLfamiliars
    1. OBS A member of one's family or household.
      1. OBS A close friend.
        1. An attendant spirit, often in animal form.
          1. The witch’s familiar was a black cat.
      2. AdjectiveCOMmore familiarSUPmost familiar
        1. Known to one.
          1. 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.
        2. Acquainted.
          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.
        3. Intimate or friendly.
          1. we are not on familiar terms;  our neighbour is not familiar
        4. Inappropriately intimate or friendly.
          1. Don’t be familiar with me, boy! ‎
        5. Of or pertaining to a family; familial.
        6. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • A child familiar with past tenses formed with "-ed" overregularizes by saying "goed" instead of "went".
            • Catadupes never heard the roaring of the fall of Nilus, because the noiſe was ſo familiar unto them.
            • Some dogs will be back porch familiars — beagles with soulful, Snoopy eyes: Dalmatians with spots; bassets with mitten ears; Siberian huskies with wolfish voices; Collies that look just like Lassie.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Adjectives
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
            Related Links:
            1. en familiarity
            2. en familiary
            3. en familiars
            4. en familiarly
            5. en familiarise
            Source: Wiktionary
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            Meaning of familiar for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "familiar" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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