familiar

familiar ADJECTIVE 1) well known through long or close association. 2) frequently encountered; common. 3) (familiar with) having a good knowledge of. 4) in close friendship. 5) inappropriately intimate or informal.
NOUN 1) (also familiar spirit) a spirit supposedly attending and obeying a witch. 2) a close friend or associate.
familiarity breeds contempt — Cf. ↑familiarity breeds contempt
DERIVATIVES familiarity noun (pl. familiarities) familiarly adverb.
ORIGIN Latin familiaris, from familia 'household servants, family' .

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  • Familiar — Fa*mil iar, n. 1. An intimate; a companion. [1913 Webster] All my familiars watched for my halting. Jer. xx. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. An attendant demon or evil spirit. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. (Court of Inquisition) A confidential officer employed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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