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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FAMILIAR

The tune was familiar to her in happier days, and she listened to it with tears.

His frank, familiar manner made him a favorite on shipboard.

Mr. Gladstone knew what books he had and was familiar with their contents.

"Listen, Dick," said he, using the familiar name for the first time.

His name, once the most familiar, was forgotten in the list of American bards.

Of course you are familiar with the peculiar conformation of Cape Cod.

Dr. Everett, are you familiar with boarding-houses for young men?

Its most significant details were of a sordid kind, familiar to poverty.

Not in the least like those with whom she had hitherto been most familiar.

She suggested something to him that seemed like a familiar dream.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "intimate, very friendly, on a family footing," from Old French famelier, from Latin familiaris "domestic, of a household;" also "familiar, intimate, friendly," dissimilated from *familialis, from familia (see family). The sense gradually broadened. Of things, from late 15c. The noun meaning "demon, evil spirit that answers one's call" is from 1580s.

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