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"familiar" in American English

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familiaradjective

us   /fəˈmɪl·jər/
  • familiar adjective (KNOWN)

easy to recognize because previously experienced: familiar sights a familiar face I’m not familiar with current research in the field.
  • familiar adjective (INFORMAL)

informal or friendly, esp. more than is expected: Her familiar tone makes her writing more effective.
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"familiar" in British English

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familiaradjective

uk   /fəˈmɪl.i.ər/ us   /fəˈmɪl.i.jɚ/
  • familiar adjective (EASY TO RECOGNIZE)

B1 easy to recognize because of being seen, met, heard, etc. before: There were one or two familiar faces (= people I knew). The house looked strangely familiar, though she knew she'd never been there before. The street was familiar to me.
be familiar with sth/sb
B2 to know something or someone well: I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with your poetry.

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  • familiar adjective (FRIENDLY)

informal and friendly, sometimes in a way that does not show respect to someone who is not a family member or close friend: He patted her back in an overly familiar way. He doesn't like to be too familiar with his staff.
familiarly
adverb uk   /fəˈmɪl.i.ə.li/ us   /fəˈmɪl.i.jɚ.li/
Chesney Baker, known familiarly as "Chet"

familiarnoun [C]

uk   /fəˈmɪl.i.ər/ us   /fəˈmɪl.i.jɚ/ old use
a close friend, or a spirit in the shape of a cat, bird, or other animal that is the close companion of a witch
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