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IELTS BNC: 1635 COCA: 1492

familiar

1 ENTRIES FOUND:
familiar /fəˈmɪljɚ/ adjective
familiar
/fəˈmɪljɚ/
adjective
Learner's definition of FAMILIAR
[more familiar; most familiar]
: frequently seen, heard, or experienced熟悉的;普通的;常见的
often + to
used to say that something is easy for you to recognize because you have seen, heard, or experienced it many times in the past熟悉的;易于识别的
: possibly known but not clearly remembered有印象的
: relaxed and informal随便的;随意的
: appropriate for use with people you know well亲切的
: too friendly过分亲密的
often + with

familiar with

: having some knowledge about (something)知道;了解

— familiarly

adverb
IELTS BNC: 1635 COCA: 1492

familiar

1 of 2

noun

fa·​mil·​iar fə-ˈmil-yər How to pronounce familiar (audio)
1
: a member of the household of a high official
2
: one who is often seen and well known
especially : an intimate associate : companion
3
: a spirit often embodied in an animal and held to attend and serve or guard a person
the loathsome toad, the witches' familiar Harvey Graham
4
a
: one who is well acquainted with something
familiars of violence John Updike
b
: one who frequents a place
familiars of the embassy Rebecca West

familiar

2 of 2

adjective

fa·​mil·​iar fə-ˈmil-yər How to pronounce familiar (audio)
1
: closely acquainted : intimate
a familiar family friend
2
obsolete : affable, sociable
3
a
: of or relating to a family
remembering past familiar celebrations
b
: frequented by families
a familiar resort
4
a
: being free and easy
the familiar association of old friends
b
: marked by informality
a familiar essay
c
: overly free and unrestrained : presumptuous
grossly familiar behavior
d
: moderately tame
familiar animals
5
a
: frequently seen or experienced : easily recognized
a familiar theme
b
: of everyday occurrence
a familiar routine
c
: possibly known but imperfectly remembered
her face looked familiar
6
: having personal or intimate knowledge
used with with
familiar with the facts of the case
familiarly adverb
familiarness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for familiar

common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual.

common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence

a common error
lacked common honesty

and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness.

common manners

ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things.

an ordinary pleasant summer day
a very ordinary sort of man

plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity.

plain hard-working people

familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.

a familiar melody

popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.

a writer of popular romances

vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).

souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste

Example Sentences

Noun a longtime familiar of the bar, she would most likely have been there on the night in question with old familiars the normally reserved writer can be quite warm and funny Adjective Some authors, such as Richard Rodriguez and Ruben Martinez, will be familiar to media mavens outside the region … Ray Olson, Booklist, 15 Oct. 1996 I think one reason I finally have finished a novel about baseball is that it happens to be one of the few subjects that I know much about. If I were as familiar with forestry, music,  … or the city of Rotterdam, I am sure I would have written fiction grounded in that knowledge long ago. Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, 1975 The essay covers familiar ground. She has become a familiar figure in the world of politics. She spoke in a familiar way about her past. an essay written in a familiar style a familiar way of addressing someone They felt the waiter was being overly familiar. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Alongside the food-court familiar, though, diners will find frog legs, beef tendon, pork intestine. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Aug. 2021 John Obi Mikel, a Nigerian familiar for his years with Chelsea, left another Turkish team, Trabzonspor, this week. Victor Mather, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2020 During the Salem witch hunts, common folklore said that witches transformed into their familiars (black cats). Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, 22 Oct. 2019 For Fringe familiars, there are a few changes for 2019, Bentley says. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, 29 July 2019 According to demon lore, Paimon is a master of the arts and familiars (spirits that often manifest as animals) who will bless his followers with wealth. Yohana Desta, HWD, 8 June 2018 Toi GB took the microphone, started to sing in a familiar growled whisper, and the room erupted in cheers. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, 25 May 2018 Such moments sum up the charm of Mardi Gras, when fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, alight among familiars and strangers alike. The Masked Observer, AL.com, 26 Jan. 2018 In the books, Ambrose has snake familiars who do not get along with Salem, and also has a cute British accent. Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, 8 Jan. 2018
Adjective
But some people familiar with the process remember Plank personally emphasizing the UA logo, just as Curry’s imprimatur was coming into its own; sales of his 2016 sneaker were disappointing. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2022 Goldman Sachs is planning the biggest round of job cuts since the start of the pandemic, according to people familiar with the decision. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2022 These stakes are now held by his new company Flow, according to people familiar with the matter. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 In June, people familiar with the situation said market makers Citadel Securities and Virtu Financial Inc. were building a crypto trading platform along with Fidelity and fellow retail brokerage Charles Schwab Corp. David Pan, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 The Wall Street Journal last week reported that Twitter agreed in June to pay roughly $7 million as part of a settlement agreement with Zatko, citing people familiar with the matter. Clare Duffy, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 People familiar with the situation told the Post and other news organizations that the Manhattan district attorney's office is pursuing charges similar to a federal case cut short by Trump's pardon of Bannon. Harold Maass, The Week, 7 Sep. 2022 The Times confirmed her identity through case records, people familiar with the matter and some copies of emails that were briefly filed in court this summer and later redacted. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2022 But three people familiar with the matter confirmed Bannon is expected to turn himself in on Thursday. Shayna Jacobs, Jacqueline Alemany And Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

Middle English familier, from Anglo-French, from Latin familiaris, from familia — see family entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of familiar was in the 13th century
IELTS BNC: 1635 COCA: 1492
familiar

adjective¹

1well-known熟悉VERBS | ADVERB | PREPOSITION VERBSbe, feel, look, seem, smell, sound熟悉;感覺熟悉;眼熟;好像熟悉;聞起來熟悉;耳熟The place felt faintly familiar to me.這個地方我隱約覺得有點兒熟悉。become開始熟悉make sth使⋯變得熟悉ADVERBextremely, fairly, very, etc.極其/相當/非常熟悉awfully非常熟悉His face looked awfully familiar.他這張臉看上去非常眼熟。entirely完全熟悉increasingly越來越熟悉faintly, reasonably, vaguely依稀有些/還算/隱約有點兒熟悉enough足夠熟悉The report's conclusions were already familiar enough to the government.政府對報告的結論已耳熟能詳。already已經熟悉immediately, instantly立刻/頃刻間就熟悉His face was instantly familiar, even after all those years.即使這麼多年過去了,還是一下子認出了他的臉。somehow總覺得有點兒熟悉a name that was somehow familiar不知為何總覺得熟悉的名字curiously, eerily, oddly, strangely(不知怎麼回事)讓人感到奇怪地熟悉Her face looked strangely familiar.她的臉看上去有一種很奇怪的熟悉感。comfortingly熟悉得讓人感到放心The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and comfortingly familiar.這間廚房的味道溫馨誘人,使人感到親切舒適。all too, depressingly, hauntingly, horribly, painfully, sickeningly太過熟悉;膩煩;異常熟悉;熟悉得可怕;熟悉得令人厭煩a situation which has become all too familiar to most teachers大部份教師都十分熟悉的情形PREPOSITIONto對⋯熟悉The name sounded vaguely familiar to her.這個名字她聽上去似曾相識。
familiar

adjective²

2familiar with sth having a good knowledge of sth通曉VERBS | ADVERB VERBSbe, seem通曉;好像瞭解become, get, grow變得瞭解;逐漸認識I was now getting much more familiar with the local area.我開始對當地情況有了更多的瞭解。ADVERBextremely, fairly, very, etc.極其/相當/非常熟悉intimately洞悉completely, fully, thoroughly完全/充分/徹底瞭解You will need to be thoroughly familiar with our procedures.你需要徹底瞭解我們的程序。overly過於熟悉I'm not overly familiar with these issues.我對這些問題不太熟悉。increasingly越來越熟悉reasonably還算瞭解remotely稍微瞭解Anyone even remotely familiar with Germany knows that beer plays a significant role in its culture.任何對德國稍有瞭解的人都知道啤酒在德國的文化中佔有重要地位。already已經瞭解

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