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Sunday, 16 December 2012
Looks familiar?

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Definition:

adjective

  1. well known from long or close association: their faces will be familiar to many of you a familiar voice
    • often encountered or experienced; common: the situation was all too familiar
    • (familiar with) having a good knowledge of: ensure that you are familiar with the heating controls
  2. in close friendship; intimate:
    she had not realized they were on such familiar terms

    • informal or intimate to an inappropriate degree: he was being overly familiar with Gloria

noun

  1. (also familiar spirit) a demon supposedly attending and obeying a witch, often said to assume the form of an animal: her familiars were her two little griffons that nested in her skirts
  2. a close friend or associate.
  3. (in the Roman Catholic Church) a person rendering certain services in a pope’s or bishop’s household.

Origin:

Middle English (in the sense ‘intimate’, ‘on a family footing’): from Old French familier, from Latin familiaris, from familia ‘household servants, family’, from famulus ‘servant’

Posted by bigblue on 16/12/2012 at 08:45 AM
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