|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|—adj (foll by with)|
|1.||well-known; easily recognized: a familiar figure|
|2.||frequent or customary: a familiar excuse|
|6.||more intimate than is acceptable; presumptuous|
|7.||an archaic word for familial|
|8.||Also called: familiar spirit a supernatural spirit often assuming animal form, supposed to attend and aid a witch, wizard, etc|
|9.||a person, attached to the household of the pope or a bishop, who renders service in return for support|
|10.||an officer of the Inquisition who arrested accused persons|
|11.||a friend or frequent companion|
|[C14: from Latin familiāris domestic, from familia|
see have a familiar ring.
in Western demonology, small animal or imp kept as a witch's attendant, given to her by the devil or inherited from another witch. The familiar was a low-ranking demon that assumed any animal shape, such as a toad, dog, insect, or black cat. Sometimes the familiar was described as a grotesque creature of fantasy, an amalgam of several creatures.
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