What is another word for familiar?

Synonyms for familiar
fəˈmɪl yərfa·mil·iar

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term familiar.


  1. familiaradjective

    Known to one.

    There’s a familiar face.

    unfamiliar, unknown

  2. familiaradjective


    I'm not familiar with this system.



  3. familiaradjective

    Intimate or friendly.

    We are not on familiar terms.

    friendly, personal, close, intimate

    cold, impersonal, unfriendly, distant, cool, standoffish

  4. familiaradjective

    Inappropriately intimate or friendly.

    Don’t be familiar with me, boy!

    impudent, fresh, cheeky

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. familiar

    Common signifies frequently occurring, not out of the regular course, not exceptional; hence, not above the average, not excellent or distinguished, inferior, or even low; common also signifies pertaining to or participated in by two or more persons or things; as, sorrow is common to the race. General may signify pertaining equally to all of a class, race, etc., but very commonly signifies pertaining to the greater number, but not necessarily to all. Universal applies to all without exception; general applies to all with possible or comparatively slight exceptions; common applies to very many without deciding whether they are even a majority. A common remark is one we often hear; a general experience is one that comes to the majority of people; a universal experience is one from which no human being is exempt. It is dangerous for a debater to affirm a universal proposition, since that can be negatived by a single exception, while a general statement is not invalidated even by adducing many exceptions. We say a common opinion, common experience, a general rule, general truth, a universal law. Compare synonyms for NORMAL; USUAL.

    common, commonplace, customary, everyday, frequent, general, habitual, normal, ordinary, popular, prevalent, public, universal, usual

    exceptional, infrequent, rare, singular, uncommon, unknown, unusual

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. familiar

    household, common, free, frank, affable, everyday, well-acquainted, accustomed, conversant, intimate

    uncommon, rare, strange, extraordinary, unaccustomed, unacquainted, new, inconversant, unfamiliar

Princeton's WordNet

  1. familiarnoun

    a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support

    familiar spirit, comrade, fellow, companion, associate

    unknown, uninformed, quaint, other, unacquainted(p), eery, queer, distant, strange, oddish, freaky, unacquainted with(p), rum, fantastic, singular, odd, rummy, weird, fantastical, curious, eerie, antic, funny, gothic, exotic, unfamiliar, peculiar, unusual, grotesque, crazy, unfamiliar with(p), remote

  2. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associatenoun

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

    brother, dude, boyfriend, feller, mate, lad, bloke, associate degree, beau, young man, blighter, gent, confrere, colleague, swain, cuss, fella, fellow traveller, familiar spirit, chap, comrade, fellow, associate, buster, companion, fellow traveler

    weird, fantastical, eery, rum, quaint, crazy, unfamiliar with(p), unusual, gothic, unacquainted(p), freaky, peculiar, fantastic, distant, rummy, oddish, curious, queer, singular, other, strange, grotesque, remote, eerie, unknown, funny, unfamiliar, exotic, unacquainted with(p), uninformed, odd, antic

  3. familiar, familiar spiritadjective

    a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard

    familiar spirit, comrade, fellow, companion, associate

    unacquainted with(p), curious, unknown, freaky, quaint, peculiar, unacquainted(p), uninformed, crazy, strange, fantastical, eery, gothic, unusual, funny, fantastic, singular, weird, queer, eerie, rum, odd, distant, unfamiliar, exotic, unfamiliar with(p), antic, grotesque, other, oddish, rummy, remote

  4. familiaradjective

    well known or easily recognized

    "a familiar figure"; "familiar songs"; "familiar guests"

    intimate, familiar(p), conversant(p)

    quaint, odd, unusual, rummy, queer, rum, eery, gothic, singular, eerie, grotesque, unacquainted with(p), funny, fantastic, peculiar, curious, other, unfamiliar with(p), oddish, uninformed, exotic, antic, crazy, weird, distant, unfamiliar, unknown, remote, strange, freaky, fantastical, unacquainted(p)

  5. familiaradjective

    within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

    "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"; "a familiar everyday scene"; "a familiar excuse"; "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"

    intimate, familiar(p), conversant(p)

    oddish, eery, strange, remote, fantastic, quaint, gothic, fantastical, unacquainted with(p), grotesque, distant, unacquainted(p), unfamiliar, uninformed, rum, rummy, odd, queer, singular, peculiar, weird, curious, exotic, other, antic, unusual, unknown, freaky, eerie, funny, crazy, unfamiliar with(p)

  6. conversant(p), familiar(p)adjective

    (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

    "conversant with business trends"; "familiar with the complex machinery"; "he was familiar with those roads"

    freaky, quaint, unusual, unfamiliar, curious, rummy, unfamiliar with(p), unacquainted with(p), other, queer, exotic, fantastical, oddish, distant, gothic, weird, eery, odd, unknown, fantastic, strange, peculiar, uninformed, antic, rum, funny, remote, unacquainted(p), crazy, eerie, grotesque, singular

  7. familiar, intimateadjective

    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

    "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"

    internal, familiar(p), conversant(p), cozy, informal, knowledgeable, intimate, versed, sexual, inner

    antic, queer, fantastical, rum, unacquainted with(p), rummy, unusual, unknown, other, quaint, grotesque, freaky, distant, strange, oddish, unacquainted(p), exotic, eerie, eery, curious, funny, fantastic, uninformed, remote, crazy, odd, singular, unfamiliar with(p), peculiar, gothic, weird, unfamiliar

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. familiaradjective

    conversant, well acquainted, well versed

  2. familiaradjective

    intimate, close, near, friendly, amicable, fraternal, cordial, on a friendly footing, on friendly terms

  3. familiaradjective

    unceremonious, social, accessible, unconstrained, free, easy, affable, courteous, civil, polite, free and easy

  4. familiaradjective

    well known

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. familiaradjective

    intimate, close, cordial, near, friendly, bosom, informal, unreserved, unconstrained, easy, unceremonious, conversant, well-known

    unfamiliar, shy, ceremonious, distant

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How to use familiar in a sentence?

  1. Johan Wagemans:

    Suddenly there's a structure or a composition on a higher level by arranging objects in a specific way, the combination between things that are very familiar and boring in themselves but are suddenly subject to a new organization creates something that wasn't there in the beginning.

  2. Jack Sobel:

    It’s not that clinical skills deteriorate, people over the age of 65 are just not as familiar with the new methods. That’s what gives younger doctors the edge. It’s access to newer technology, and knowing the newer drugs.

  3. Eike von Repkow:

    He who comes first, eats first. Familiar as First come first served.

  4. Richard Van Breemen:

    They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans, they have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2. CBDA and CBGA are produced by the hemp plant as precursors to CBD and CBG, which are familiar to many consumers. However, they are different from the acids and are not contained in hemp products.

  5. Ellyn Satter:

    Something appears to happen cognitively and now familiar food is unfamiliar and they don't want to eat it, if the parent can ride it out, when they become preschoolers, they become less skeptical of unfamiliar food.

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