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What Is Familiar? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS FAMILIAR – In this topic, we will first know the definition of the term “familiar” and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary described this term as the following:

  • well known from long or close association.
    • often encountered or experienced; common
    • having a good knowledge of.
  • in close friendship; intimate
    • informal to an inappropriate degree

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • a member of the household of a high official
  • one who is often seen and well known
    • an intimate associate
  • one who is well acquainted with something
  • one who frequents a place

Synonyms and Antonyms

Here are the following synonyms and antonyms of this term:

  • Synonyms
    • denizen
    • frequenter
    • habitué
    • regular
    • close
    • especial
    • friendly
    • inseparable
    • intimate
  • Antonyms
    • distant


It is derived from the Old French term familier, which came from Latin familiaris, which, then, is derived from familia which means ‘household servants’ or ‘family’.


Here are some of the examples:

  •  A longtime familiar of the bar, she would most likely have been there on the night in question.
  • Unlike me, Betsy was very familiar with the house having spent much time with Martha and Claire.
  • Kiera sought an explanation, recalling he was not familiar with most slang despite his mastery of English.

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