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Familiar vs. Family

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Familiaradjective

Known to one.

‘there’s a familiar face;’; ‘that tune sounds familiar’;

Familynoun

(countable) A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood, marriage or adoption); kin; for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.

‘Our family lives in town.’;

Familiaradjective

Acquainted.

‘I'm quite familiar with this system;’; ‘she's not familiar with manual gears’;

Familynoun

(countable) An extended family; a group of people who are related to one another by blood or marriage.

Familiaradjective

Intimate or friendly.

‘we are not on familiar terms;’; ‘our neighbour is not familiar’;

Familynoun

(countable) A (close-knit) group of people related by blood, friendship, marriage, law, or custom, especially if they live or work together.

‘crime family, Mafia family’; ‘This is my fraternity family at the university.’; ‘Our company is one big happy family.’;

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Familiaradjective

Inappropriately intimate or friendly.

‘Don’t be familiar with me, boy!’;

Familynoun

A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.

‘Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.’;

Familiaradjective

Of or pertaining to a family; familial.

Familynoun

(countable) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.

‘Doliracetam is a drug from the racetam family.’;

Familiarnoun

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

‘The witch’s familiar was a black cat.’;

Familynoun

A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production.

‘the brass family;’; ‘the violin family’;

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Familiarnoun

(obsolete) A member of one's family or household.

Familynoun

A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.

‘the Indo-European language family;’; ‘the Afro-Asiatic language family’;

Familiarnoun

(obsolete) A close friend.

Familynoun

Used attributively.

‘The dog was kept as a family pet.’; ‘For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.’;

Familiarnoun

(historical) The officer of the Inquisition who arrested suspected people.

Familyadjective

Suitable for children and adults.

‘It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant.’; ‘Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.’;

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Familiaradjective

Of or pertaining to a family; domestic.

Familyadjective

Conservative, traditional.

‘The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.’;

Familiaradjective

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

Familyadjective

(slang) Homosexual.

‘I knew he was family when I first met him.’;

Familiaradjective

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

‘Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.’;

Familynoun

The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.

Familiaradjective

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

‘That war, or peace, or both at once, may beAs things acquainted and familiar to us.’; ‘There is nothing more familiar than this.’;

Familynoun

The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.

‘The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of society.’;

Familiaradjective

Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.

Familynoun

Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.

‘Go ! and pretend your family is young.’;

Familiarnoun

An intimate; a companion.

‘All my familiars watched for my halting.’;

Familynoun

Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.

Familiarnoun

An attendant demon or evil spirit.

Familynoun

Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.

Familiarnoun

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

Familynoun

A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.

Familiarnoun

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

Familynoun

A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In Zoology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.

Familiarnoun

a person who is frequently in the company of another;

‘drinking companions’; ‘comrades in arms’;

Familynoun

a social unit living together;

‘he moved his family to Virginia’; ‘It was a good Christian household’; ‘I waited until the whole house was asleep’; ‘the teacher asked how many people made up his home’;

Familiarnoun

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

Familynoun

primary social group; parents and children;

‘he wanted to have a good job before starting a family’;

Familiaradjective

well known or easily recognized;

‘a familiar figure’; ‘familiar songs’; ‘familiar guests’;

Familynoun

people descended from a common ancestor;

‘his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower’;

Familiaradjective

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’;

Familynoun

a collection of things sharing a common attribute;

‘there are two classes of detergents’;

Familiaradjective

(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’;

Familynoun

an association of people who share common beliefs or activities;

‘the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family’; ‘the church welcomed new members into its fellowship’;

Familiaradjective

having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship;

‘on familiar terms’; ‘pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders’;

Familynoun

(biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera;

‘sharks belong to the fish family’;

Familiaradjective

well known from long or close association

‘a familiar voice’; ‘their faces will be familiar to many of you’;

Familynoun

a person having kinship with another or others;

‘he's kin’; ‘he's family’;

Familiaradjective

often encountered or experienced; common

‘the situation was all too familiar’;

Familynoun

a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

Familiaradjective

having a good knowledge of

‘ensure that you are familiar with the heating controls’;

Family

In human society, family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth) or affinity (by marriage or other relationship). The purpose of families is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society.

Familiaradjective

in close friendship; intimate

‘she had not realized they were on such familiar terms’;

Familiaradjective

informal or intimate to an inappropriate degree

‘he was being overly familiar with Gloria’;

Familiarnoun

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’;

Familiarnoun

a close friend or associate.

Familiarnoun

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

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