Familiar

Definition of Familiar

Fa`mil`iar
a.1.Of or pertaining to a family; domestic.
2.Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures.
3.Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
- Shak.
4.Well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration.
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
As things acquainted and familiar to us.
- Shak.
There is nothing more familiar than this.
- Locke.
5.Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.
Familiar spirit
a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call.
- 1 Sam. xxviii. 3, 7-9.
n.1.An intimate; a companion.
All my familiars watched for my halting.
- Jer. xx. 10.
2.An attendant demon or evil spirit.
3.(Court of Inquisition) A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.

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