a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
- spiritus familiaris
(often followed by `with') well known or easily recognized
- "familiar guests"
- "familiar songs"
- "he was familiar with those roads"
- "a familiar figure"
within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary
- "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"
- "a familiar excuse"
- "a familiar everyday scene"
- "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"
having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
- "on familiar terms"
taking undue liberties
- "instructors should not be familir in their behavior toward students of the opposite sex"
- "young women disliked the familiar tone he took with them"