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Pronunciation: /fəˈmɪljər; fəˈmɪliə(r)/

Translation of familiar in Spanish:


  • 1 (well-known) [sound/face] familiar, conocido; [excuse] consabido he was a familiar sight around the bars of the district se lo solía ver por los bares de la zona that face looks familiar! esa cara me resulta familiar the name sounds familiar el nombre me suena these violent scenes are becoming all too familiar nos estamos acostumbrando demasiado a estas escenas violentas to be familiar to sb serle* familiar a algn
    Example sentences
    • Another local man whose voice is so familiar to listeners is news presenter Sen O'Ciobhn who has been with the station since its foundation.
    • Their brother Alan is the chief P.A. announcer at Old Trafford and his voice is familiar to many regulars who visit the famous ground.
    • His distinctive voice has long been familiar to Chinese audiences.
  • 2 (having knowledge of) (predicative/predicativo) to be familiar with sth/sb estar* familiarizado con algo/algn
    Example sentences
    • Our goal is to inspire those who are already familiar with what we believe and inform those who are not.
    • Most people will be familiar with the feeling that once one has seen one Roman ruin one might as well have seen the lot.
    • It adds to the enjoyment if you are familiar with this type of story, and I admit you might be a bit lost without it.
  • 3 3.1 (informal) [tone] de familiaridad; [atmosphere] familiar, informal 3.2 (too informal) que se toma demasiadas confianzas or libertades, confianzudo (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) don't be so familiar no te tomes tantas confianzas or libertades, no seas tan confianzudo (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) don't get too familiar with the students no les des demasiada confianza a los alumnos he was too familiar with her and got his face slapped se propasó con ella y le cayó una bofetada
    Example sentences
    • But a brush with the new authorities can mean a familiar encounter over identity cards and threats.
    • The current debate around common factors feels quite familiar.
    • Well if you were vindicating your right of exclusive possession of the premises, you are in a very familiar common law area.
    Example sentences
    • There is no room for your overly familiar, glaringly inappropriate questions.
    • I'm glad I read everyone else's reviews about the over familiar waiters, because I had a hard time convincing my boyfriend I hadn't been before when on my first time there the waiter came over, put his arm round me and said it was great to see me again.
    • Personally, I think he's a bit too familiar and a little too "nice" with all his happy hours and friendliness. But it works for him so far.


  • 1 (demon)[ espíritu con forma animal que supuestamente ayuda a magos y brujos ]
  • 2
    (familiars plural)
    (close associates) [formal] allegados (masculine plural) [formal]

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