Translation of familiar in Spanish:

familiar

familiar, adj.

Pronunciation /fəˈmɪlɪə//fəˈmɪljər/

adjective

  • 1

    (well-known)
    (face/sound) familiar
    (face/sound) 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
    • 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

    • 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 confianzas
      que se toma demasiadas libertades
      confianzudo Latin America
      don'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


noun

  • 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.
  • 2familiars plural
    formal

    (close associates)
    allegados masculine 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.