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Synonyms for familiar
fəˈmɪl yər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. familiar(noun)

    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, associate(noun)

    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 spirit(adj)

    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. familiar(adj)

    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. familiar(adj)

    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)(adj)

    (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, intimate(adj)

    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


  1. familiar(adjective)

    Known to one.

    There’s a familiar face.

    unfamiliar, unknown

  2. familiar(adjective)


    I'm not familiar with this system.



  3. familiar(adjective)

    Intimate or friendly.

    We are not on familiar terms.

    intimate, close, personal, friendly

    standoffish, cool, distant, cold, unfriendly, impersonal

  4. familiar(adjective)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. familiar(a.)

    conversant, well acquainted, well versed

  2. familiar(a.)

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

  3. familiar(a.)

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

  4. familiar(a.)

    well known

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. familiar(a)

    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. Tom Clark:

    Bowling and the PBA are part of the American fabric, familiar, safe, and on the PBA level, a symbol of the highest level of sports competition.

  2. Frank Gaffney:

    The criticisms that I've seen at least are very familiar, they are the kinds of things that one has come to expect from what I believe is a discredited instrument of political warfare.

  3. Intermountain Therapy Animals:

    New language, new environment, familiar friends and family out of the picture, the list of painful challenges goes on and on for them.

  4. Brandi Orth:

    I still think they will vote there because it's familiar.

  5. Seth Stein:

    He seems not to be familiar with modern geologic knowledge, in particular, geologists now know that the climate is warming rapidly because of human activities. This is is causing many serious problems including rising sea level, which is a major threat to coastal communities.

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