familiar

\ \ [14] Familiar originally meant simply ‘of the family’ (it came, partly via Old French familier, from Latin familiāris). Its usual use in this sense was in phrases such as familiar enemy and familiar foe, denoting a treacherous enemy from within one’s own family or household. It gradually broadened out semantically via ‘intimately associated’ (preserved in familiar spirit, and in the noun use ‘intimate friend’) to ‘well-known from constant association’.
\ \ Cf.FAMILY

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  • familiär — familiär …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • familiar — adjetivo 1. De la familia: una reunión familiar. El ambiente familiar me relaja mucho. planificación* familiar. vida familiar. 2. Que es muy conocido: Su cara me resulta muy familiar. Su voz le era muy familiar. Aquel sonido familiar me… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • familiar — 1 Familiar, intimate, close, confidential, chummy, thick are comparable when meaning near to one another because of constant or frequent association, shared interests and activities, or common sympathies, or, when applied to words or acts,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Familiar — Fa*mil iar, a. [OE. familer, familier, F. familier, fr. L. familiaris, fr. familia family. See {Family}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a family; domestic. Familiar feuds. Byron. Syn: familial. [1913 Webster] 2. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Familiar — Семейство ОС Linux Последняя версия v0.8.4 20 августа 2006 Интерфейс OPIE или GPE Состояние Активное Веб сайт …   Википедия

  • familiar — FAMILIÁR, Ă, familiari, e, adj. 1. (Despre exprimare, limbaj, stil) Care este folosit în (sau apropiat de) vorbirea obişnuită; simplu, fără pretenţii. ♦ (Despre atitudini, comportări etc.; p. ext. despre oameni) Simplu, prietenos, apropiat; p.… …   Dicționar Român

  • familiar — [fə mil′yər] adj. [ME familier < OFr < L familiaris, of a household, domestic < familia, FAMILY] 1. Archaic having to do with a family 2. friendly, informal, or intimate [to be on familiar terms] 3. too friendly; unduly intimate or bold; …   English World dictionary

  • familiar — [adj1] common, well known accustomed, commonplace, conventional, customary, domestic, everyday, frequent, garden variety*, habitual, homespun, household, humble, informal, intimate, known, matter of fact, mundane, native, natural, old hat*,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • Familiār — (Familiarist, lat.), Vertrauter, Hausfreund; auch Diener, namentlich in Klöstern und bei der Inquisition; familiär, vertraut, in der Weise eines zur Familie Gehörigen; Familiarität, familiäres Benehmen; sich familiarisieren, sich mit einer Person …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • familiar — I (customary) adjective accepted, accustomed, acknowledged, cliched, common, commonplace, consuetudinary, conventional, current, established, everyday, familiaris, frequent, general, generally seen, habitual, hackneyed, homely, household, humble …   Law dictionary

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