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familiar

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1 closely acquainted

  • the little inside jokes that people who have long been familiar like to share
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2 having information especially as a result of study or experience

  • book editors who are familiar with what is being taught in the schools
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at home, in the know

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3 often observed or encountered

  • the woman and her pair of Welsh corgis were a familiar sight in the quiet neighborhood
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a dime a dozen

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common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence
    • a common error
    • lacked common honesty
and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness.
    • common manners
ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things.
    • an ordinary pleasant summer day
    • a very ordinary sort of man
plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity.
    • plain hard-working people
familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.
    • a familiar melody
popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.
    • a writer of popular romances
vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).
    • souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste

familiar

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1 someone who regularly spends time in a particular place

  • a longtime familiar of the bar, she would most likely have been there on the night in question
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2 a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another

  • with old familiars the normally reserved writer can be quite warm and funny
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