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Colloquial vs. Familiar

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  • Colloquial (adjective)

    Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation, of common parlance; informal.

  • Colloquial (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.

  • Colloquial (noun)

    A colloquial word or phrase, colloquialism

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Known to one.

    "there’s a familiar face;"

    "that tune sounds familiar"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Acquainted.

    "I'm quite familiar with this system;"

    "she's not familiar with manual gears"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Intimate or friendly.

    "we are not on familiar terms;"

    "our neighbour is not familiar"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Inappropriately intimate or friendly.

    "Don’t be familiar with me, boy!"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a family; familial.

  • Familiar (noun)

    An attendant spirit, often in animal or even demon form.

    "The witch’s familiar was a black cat."

  • Familiar (noun)

    A member of one's family or household.

  • Familiar (noun)

    A close friend.

  • Familiar (noun)

    The officer of the Inquisition who arrested suspected people.

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  • Colloquial (adjective)

    (of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary

    "colloquial and everyday language"

    "colloquial phrases"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    well known from long or close association

    "a familiar voice"

    "their faces will be familiar to many of you"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    often encountered or experienced; common

    "the situation was all too familiar"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    having a good knowledge of

    "ensure that you are familiar with the heating controls"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    in close friendship; intimate

    "she had not realized they were on such familiar terms"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    informal or intimate to an inappropriate degree

    "he was being overly familiar with Gloria"

  • Familiar (noun)

    a demon supposedly attending and obeying a witch, often said to assume the form of an animal

    "her familiars were her two little griffons that nested in her skirts"

  • Familiar (noun)

    a close friend or associate.

  • Familiar (noun)

    (in the Roman Catholic Church) a person rendering certain services in a pope's or bishop's household.

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Colloquial (adjective)

    Pertaining to, or used in, conversation, esp. common and familiar conversation; conversational; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial intercourse; colloquial phrases; a colloquial style.

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a family; domestic.

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures.

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible.

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration.

  • Familiar (adjective)

    Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.

  • Familiar (noun)

    An intimate; a companion.

  • Familiar (noun)

    An attendant demon or evil spirit.

  • Familiar (noun)

    A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Colloquial (adjective)

    characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation;

    "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"

    "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English"

  • Familiar (noun)

    a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support

  • Familiar (noun)

    a person who is frequently in the company of another;

    "drinking companions"

    "comrades in arms"

  • Familiar (noun)

    a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard

  • Familiar (adjective)

    well known or easily recognized;

    "a familiar figure"

    "familiar songs"

    "familiar guests"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange;

    "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"

    "a familiar everyday scene"

    "a familiar excuse"

    "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly;

    "conversant with business trends"

    "familiar with the complex machinery"

    "he was familiar with those roads"

  • Familiar (adjective)

    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship;

    "on familiar terms"

    "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"

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