In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(well-known)(face/sound) familiar(face/sound) conocido(excuse) consabidohe 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
- to be familiar to sb — serle familiar a algn
- He had copper-brownish red very curly hair, and for a second he looked familiar, but I shook my head.
- For people born in Britain before the Second World War, child deaths - mainly from infectious diseases - were a familiar experience.
- His sarcastic voice sounds vaguely familiar to Rena, and she wishes Jem would step aside so she can get a better look.
- The band sounded familiar, he vaguely remembered a friend telling him about them a while ago.
- Thinking that the voice sounded somehow familiar to me, I tried to place it.
- This focus on foliage gives the scenteds little in common with the familiar bedding geranium and its big red flowers.
- Chances are that you found the sentence confusing, even though all the words are common and familiar.
- Artexpo is also filled with annual happenings and familiar faces that make the show complete.
- In fats the alcohol is glycerol, more familiar under its common name of glycerine.
- He had visited them before and there were the usual familiar faces, but on this occasion what he experienced left him shaken.
- For some strange reason, the voice was familiar to Jonathon.
- 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.
- Oddly, he looked familiar and with a closer inspection she realized who it was.
- A new minister faces a familiar problem - the annual A&E crisis - but is she ready to prescribe radical treatment?
- The guy in charge of leadership is sitting at his desk and I think for a second that he looks familiar.
- It's a comfortable environment of known quantities, familiar faces, and common verbal shorthand.
- Well if you were vindicating your right of exclusive possession of the premises, you are in a very familiar common law area.
- He thought his voice sounded familiar, and it was probably one of his friends.
- The voice sounded faintly familiar to Draica but she quickly pushed the thought of her mind and focused on staying hidden.
- The most familiar, and second strongest, force described in the standard model is electromagnetism.
- These forms of unease are familiar once we have encountered the problem of free will through the hypothesis of determinism.
- In British Columbia, L. disjunctus is the more common, widespread and familiar species.
- University education is a process which ought to take you beyond the world of familiar experience.
- His distinctive voice has long been familiar to Chinese audiences.
- Suddenly I was experiencing familiar taste sensations, so different from the interesting but unfamiliar flavours of the orient.
- Movies don't just offer us an escape, but reflect our realities and familiar experiences.
- When he pulled away, his father laughed down at him and spoke in the gruff-yet-gentle voice that was so familiar to his ears.
- Phil's motives and experience sounds very familiar.
- The current debate around common factors feels quite familiar.
- It can be comforting to encounter the familiar faces of cats and dogs and farm animals in foreign lands.
- The plight of Mountain Rivera is a common tragedy, repeated in familiar ways time and time again.
- Surely one could expect no surprises from a substance so common and so familiar.
- These kinds of killings that we witness and hear about have become all too familiar and frequent for us to either exhibit our emotions or even react in any way.
- Exhibitions celebrating the art of the goldsmith are a familiar feature of the annual programme at Goldsmiths' Hall.
- Take this familiar experience: spell a word wrongly in Microsoft Word and you see a wavy red underline appear under the word.
- But a brush with the new authorities can mean a familiar encounter over identity cards and threats.
- These situations have become familiar and common to most of us.
- At this stage of the game, your manner should indicate to us that you will be a reassuringly familiar experience.
- 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.
- Now but if cows are familiar and common you'd think we'd know what they eat especially if we eat them or drink their milk.
2(having knowledge of)to be familiar with sth/sb — estar familiarizado con algo/algn
- Many will be familiar with the sight of crocosmia in the southwest of Ireland.
- Most of my driving is done locally, but it is easy for someone not familiar with a particular road to miss a sign.
- Apologies to any readers who are not familiar with the geography of Aberdeen's suburbs.
- 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.
- Most people will be familiar with the feeling that once one has seen one Roman ruin one might as well have seen the lot.
- Not all of us appeared to be terribly familiar with anywhere outside the city centre, either.
- His work on the roads made him familiar with many in the villages around this region.
- If you have the time and are familiar with any of these names I would like to hear from you.
- You might also be familiar with the green lit figure that shows it's safe to cross the road.
- It is amazing how we can all be so familiar with something and not know its history or its origin.
- So that there is the use of language by the Parliament which engages concepts with which the common law is familiar.
- The inquest failed to discover why he had been on the road at that time, or whether he was familiar with it.
- She has a sister here and is familiar with most of the hangouts in the twin cities.
- Veteran aid workers like Endris are all too familiar with the early warning signs of famine.
- I do not know whether you are familiar with the review that was conducted by him?
- We are really concentrating on him playing the new stuff that he is not as familiar with.
- They are guided through the process until they are familiar with it and can go on to start making their own lunch.
- Readers familiar with Highland stores will know that the choice tends to be fairly limited.
- Belle de Jour is sometimes fascinating because it reveals a life which not all of us are familiar with.
- Even to those familiar with the story, the sufferings of the navy make shocking reading.
- Our goal is to inspire those who are already familiar with what we believe and inform those who are not.
3.1(informal)(tone) de familiaridad(atmosphere) familiar(atmosphere) informal
- 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.
- There is no room for your overly familiar, glaringly inappropriate questions.
- 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 confianzasque se toma demasiadas libertadesconfianzudo América Latinadon't be so familiar — no te tomes tantas confianzas / libertades
- 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
- 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.
- Familiars were usually small animals such as dogs, cats, toads, mice and owls. Many witches' familiars had unusual names.
- Both familiars and fairies could appear dressed wholly in black, or wholly in white, or in any variety of colours in between.
- 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.
- To aid the witch, she would keep a ‘familiar’ - a cat or other animal - which was really a demon who served the witch.
formal(close associates)allegados masculino formal
- 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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