FAMIL'IAR, adjective famil'yar. [Latin familiaris, familia, family, which see.]
1. Pertaining to a family; domestic.
2. Accustomed by frequent converse; well acquainted with; intimate; close; as a familiar friend or companion.
3. Affable; not formal or distant; easy in conversation.
Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
4. Well acquainted with; knowing by frequent use. Be familiar with the scriptures.
5. Well known; learned or well understood by frequent use. Let the scriptures be familiar to us.
6. Unceremonious; free; unconstrained; easy. The emperor conversed with the gentleman in the most familiar manner.
7. Common; frequent and intimate. By familiar intercourse, strong attachments are soon formed.
8. Easy; unconstrained; not formal. His letters are written in a familiar style.
He sports in loose familiar strains.
9. Intimate in an unlawful degree.
A poor man found a priest familiar with his wife.
1. An intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse.
All my familiars watched for my halting. Jeremiah 20:10.
2. A demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at a call. But in general we say, a familiar spirit.
3. In the court of Inquisition, a person who assists in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.