a: being free and easy <the familiar association of old friends>
b: marked by informality <a familiar essay>
c: overly free and unrestrained :presumptuous<grossly familiar behavior>
d: moderately tame <familiar animals>
a: frequently seen or experienced : easily recognized <a familiar theme>
b: of everyday occurrence <a familiar routine>
c: possibly known but imperfectly remembered <her face looked familiar>
: having personal or intimate knowledge —used with with<familiar with the facts of the case>
See familiar defined for English-language learners
Examples of FAMILIAR
The essay covers familiar ground.
She has become a familiar figure in the world of politics.
She spoke in a familiar way about her past.
an essay written in a familiar style
a familiar way of addressing someone
They felt the waiter was being overly familiar.
Some authors, such as Richard Rodriguez and Ruben Martinez, will be familiar to media mavens outside the region … —Ray Olson, Booklist, 15 Oct. 1996
I think one reason I finally have finished a novel about baseball is that it happens to be one of the few subjects that I know much about. If I were as familiar with forestry, music, … or the city of Rotterdam, I am sure I would have written fiction grounded in that knowledge long ago. —Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, 1975