Meaning of “familiar” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /fəˈmɪliər/
Extra Examples
The story which follows may sound familiar.There was definitely something familiar about him.He looked vaguely familiar but she couldn't place him.She was a familiar figure in the town.Security guards are becoming an increasingly familiar sight in schools.

B1 easy to recognize because of being seen, met, heard, etc before:

It's nice to see a few familiar faces (= people that I recognize) around here.
This street doesn't look familiar to me.
be familiar with sth

B2 to know about something or have experienced it many times before:

Anyone who's familiar with his poetry will find the course easy.
→ Opposite unfamiliar

friendly and very informal:

He doesn't like to be too familiar with his staff.

(Definition of “familiar” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)