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American English: /fəˈmɪljər/
British English: /fəˈmɪlɪə/

Translation of familiar in Spanish:


  • 1 (well-known)
    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 somebody
    serle familiar a alguien
    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.
    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.
  • 2 (having knowledge of) (predicative) to be familiar with something/somebody
    estar familiarizado con algo/alguien
    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)
    de familiaridad
    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.
    3.2 (too informal)
    que se toma demasiadas confianzas or libertades
    confianzudo (esp Latin America)
    don't be so familiar
    no te tomes tantas confianzas or libertades
    no seas tan confianzudo (esp Latin America)
    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


  • 1 (demon)
    (espíritu con forma animal que supuestamente ayuda a magos y brujos)
    Example sentences
    • The familiar of a witch is always a black cat; and it is supposed that black cats have powers and faculties quite different from all other of the feline tribe.
    • In the early modern period both familiars and fairies were believed to possess a range of supernatural powers which were considered capable of affecting almost any aspect of human life.
    • Both familiars and fairies could appear dressed wholly in black, or wholly in white, or in any variety of colours in between.
  • 2
    also: familiars plural
    (close associates) [formal]
    allegados (masculine plural) [formal]
    Example sentences
    • Associating with familiars can potentially provide individuals with important benefits, including enhanced group antipredator behavior.
    • His son, James Maury, a familiar of this group, was in after years appointed first United States Consul to Liverpool by George Washington.
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