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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fuh-mil-yer]
    • /fəˈmɪl yər/
    • /fəˈmɪliə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fuh-mil-yer]
    • /fəˈmɪl yər/

Definitions of familiar word

  • adjective familiar well-acquainted; thoroughly conversant: to be familiar with a subject. 1
  • adjective familiar informal; easygoing; unceremonious; unconstrained: to write in a familiar style. 1
  • adjective familiar closely intimate or personal: a familiar friend; to be on familiar terms. 1
  • adjective familiar unduly intimate; too personal; taking liberties; presuming: The duchess disliked familiar servants. 1
  • adjective familiar domesticated; tame. 1
  • adjective familiar of or relating to a family or household. 1

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Origin of familiar

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English < Latin familiāris of a household (see family, -ar1); replacing Middle English famulier < Middle French < Latin, as above

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Parts of speech for Familiar


familiar popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

familiar usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for familiar

adj familiar

  • simple — easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.
  • mundane — common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
  • usual — habitual or customary: her usual skill.
  • intimate — associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
  • commonplace — If something is commonplace, it happens often or is often found, and is therefore not surprising.

adjective familiar

  • well-known — clearly or fully known: The well-known reasons are obvious.
  • recurring — occurring or appearing again.
  • everyday — Happening or used every day; daily.
  • common — If something is common, it is found in large numbers or it happens often.
  • regular — usual; normal; customary: to put something in its regular place.

noun familiar

  • well-wisher — a person who wishes well to another person, a cause, etc.
  • mate — a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
  • confidant — Someone's confidant is a man who they are able to discuss their private problems with.
  • friend — a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
  • classmates — Plural form of classmate.

Antonyms for familiar

adj familiar

  • unusual — not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
  • abnormal — Someone or something that is abnormal is unusual, especially in a way that is worrying.
  • industrial — of, pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from industry: industrial production; industrial waste.
  • alien — Alien means belonging to a different country, race, or group, usually one you do not like or are frightened of.
  • undistinguished — having no distinguishing marks or features.

adjective familiar

  • extraordinary — Very unusual or remarkable.
  • formal — being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional: to pay one's formal respects.

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