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familiar: adj. (‘intimate,’ ‘friendly’ is the most common meaning)
1. belonging to the household or family, domestic, household Wiv. I. i. 21 “a beast to man,” Oth. II. iii. 315 “good wine is a good familiar creature.”
2. well-known H5 I. i. 47 “ as his garter,” III. vii. 40, Cym. V. v. 94 “His favour is familiar to me.”
3. current, habitual, ordinary, (hence) trivial Wiv. I. iii. 49, Meas. I. iv. 31, H5 IV. iii. 52 “our names, in his mouth as household words,” Cæs. III. i. 266 “dreadful objects [shall be] so familiar.”
4. plain, easily understood LLL. I. ii. 9 “a familiar demonstration,” Troil. III. iii. 113.
5. “ spirit,” a demon supposed to be in association with or under the power of a man, and to attend at his call 1H6 V. iii. 10 “Now, ye spirits,” Sonn. lxxxvi. 9.
sb.. intimate friend LLL. V. i. 104; familiar or attendant spirit LLL. I. ii. 180, 1H6 III. ii. 122, 2H6 IV. vii. 113 “he has a under his tongue.”
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