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stranger

noun

  1. (intruder)  anyone who doesn't belong in the environment in which they're found
    Synonyms: alien, unknown. Type of: intruder
  2. (person)  an individual that one isn't acquainted with
    Type of: person

adjective

  1. (unusual)  being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
    Synonyms: unusual, selcouth [archaic]. Similar to: antic, crazy, curious, eerie, exotic, freaky,...
  2. (unfamiliar)  not known before
    Synonyms: unkenned, unknown. Similar to: unfamiliar
  3. (foreign)  relating to, originating in, or characteristic of another place or part of the world
    Synonyms: foreign, for. [abbreviation]. Similar to: adventive, alien, established, foreign-born,...

Etymology summary

Old French estrangier ("foreign, alien"), from Latin extraneus ("foreign,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

The Stranger [disambiguation] | Stranger

may refer to: The Stranger (novel), by Albert Camus | "The Stranger" (short story), by J. D. Salinger | The Stranger (collection), a 1987 collection of short stories by Gordon R. Dickson | "The Stranger" (Katherine Mansfield short story) | The Stranger... (38 of 791 words, 66 definitions)

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Strange [disambiguation] | Strangeness

may refer to: Strange (surname), a family name | Strange (TV series), a British programme | Strange, Ontario, Canada | Strange quark, an elementary particle | Strangeness, a property of elementary particles | Strange (comic book), a comic book limited ... (35 of 297 words, 29 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

stranger | strange | fraim [synonym] | fremd [synonym] | strange to say [sense-specific] | peculiar [synonym, sense-specific] | unfamiliar [synonym, sense-specific] | alien [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

any person whom one does not know | a person who is new to a particular locality, from another region, town, etc | a guest or visitor | [followed by ... (27 of 642 words, 15 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stranger

strange | strange to say [sense-specific] | peculiar [synonym, sense-specific] | unfamiliar [synonym, sense-specific] | alien [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | reserved [synonym, sense-specific] | foreign [synonym, sense-specific] | distant [synonym, sense-specific]

odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar | not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliar | not easily ... (19 of 551 words, 10 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/strange

Merriam-Webster:

stranger [entry 1, noun] | foreigner [synonym, sense-specific] | nonnative [synonym, sense-specific] | outlander [synonym, sense-specific] | outsider [synonym, sense-specific] | native [antonym, sense-specific] | alien [similar, sense-specific] | nonresident [similar, sense-specific] | outcast [similar, sense-specific] | ...

one who is strange: as ; "foreigner" ; a resident alien ; one in the house ... | one ignorant of or unacquainted with someone or something (26 of 202 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stranger

strange [entry 1, adjective] | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative] | extraordinary [synonym, sense-specific] | reserved [synonym, sense-specific] | unaccustomed [sense-specific, synonym] | foreign [synonym, sense-specific] | unfamiliar [synonym, sense-specific] | distant [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] of, relating to, or characteristic of another country; "foreign" ... | not before known, heard, or seen; "unfamiliar" ; exciting wonder or ... (22 of 490 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/strange

stranger [entry 2, adjective] | foreign [synonym]

of, relating to, or being a stranger; "foreign" (8 of 21 words)

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strange [entry 2, often attributive, noun]

a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of - ; 13 ; and a measured energy of approximately 150 MeV ; also, the flavor ... (25 of 38 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/strange show=1

stranger [entry 3, verb, obsolete] | estrange [synonym] | alienate [synonym]

"estrange", "alienate" (2 of 15 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

stranger | stranger to

a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar | a person who does not know, or is not known in, a particular place or community | ... (30 of 125 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stranger

strange | tell [literary] | strange to/at/in [literary] | strange to say | kooky [informal] | kookier [informal, comparative] | kookiest [informal, superlative] | strangely [derived]

unusual or surprising; difficult to understand or explain | slightly or undefinably unwell or ill at ease | not previously visited, seen, or ... (21 of 165 words, 6 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/strange

Random House Dictionary:

stranger

a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance. | a newcomer in a place or locality. | an outsider. | a person who is unacquainted with or ... (26 of 106 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stranger

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer. | estranged, alienated, etc., as a result of being out of one's natural environment. | situated, ... (20 of 102 words, 7 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/strange

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stranger [countable] | strangers [plural] | be a/no stranger to something

someone who you do not know | someone who does not know a place well | "be a/no stranger to something": to have no/a lot of experience of something (27 of 105 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stranger

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative] | strangeness [noun, uncountable, related]

unusual or unexpected, especially in a way that surprises or worries you ; used about someone whose behaviour is unusual | not familiar or known to ... (25 of 234 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/strange

strange [adverb] | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

in an unusual way (4 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

stranger

One who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance. | A foreigner, newcomer, or outsider. | One who is unaccustomed to or unacquainted with something ... (23 of 69 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stranger

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative] | strangely [adverb, related]

Not previously known; unfamiliar. | Out of the ordinary; unusual or striking. | Differing from the normal. | Not of one's own or a particular ... (22 of 104 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/strange

Wiktionary:

stranger | strangers [plural] | strangered [past tense] | strangering [present participle] | alien [synonym, sense-specific] | foreigner [synonym, sense-specific] | foreign national [synonym, sense-specific] | non-national/nonnational [synonym, sense-specific] | non-resident/nonresident [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

comparative form of strange: more "strange" | A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance. | An outsider or foreigner | A newcomer. | [humorous] One who has not been seen for a long time. | [obsolete,... (41 of 69 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stranger

strange | stranged [past tense] | stranging [present participle] | stranges [3rd-person singular present] | strangest [superlative] | bizarre [synonym, sense-specific] | odd [synonym, sense-specific] | out of the ordinary [synonym, sense-specific] | peculiar [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary. | Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience. | [physics] Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness. | [obsolete, transitive] To alienate; to estrange. | [obsolete, intransitive]... (32 of 84 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/strange

Cambridge Dictionary:

stranger

someone you do not know | A stranger in a particular place is someone who has never been there before (19 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stranger

strange [entry 1] | feel strange

unusual and unexpected, or difficult to understand | "feel strange": to feel uncomfortable and not normal or correct (17 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strange 1

strange [entry 2]

not known or familiar (4 of 42 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strange 2

New World Dictionary:

stranger

an outsider, newcomer, or foreigner | [rare] a guest or visitor | a person not known or familiar to one; person who is not an acquaintance | a person ... (26 of 59 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stranger

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative] | strangely [adverb, related]

of another place or locality; foreign; alien | not previously known, seen, heard, or experienced; unfamiliar | quite unusual or uncommon; ... (19 of 57 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/strange

Encarta Dictionary:

stranger | strangers [plural]

somebody whom somebody else does not know | somebody who is new to a place | somebody who does not belong to a specific organization or group | ... (25 of 197 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715455​/definition​.html  [offline]

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

not expected, usual, or ordinary | not known or experienced previously | difficult to explain or understand | not yet used to or familiar with ... (22 of 163 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

stranger | strangers [plural] | strangered [past tense] | strangering [present participle]

Origin: Old French estrangier ("foreign, alien"), from Latin extraneus ("foreign, external") (whence also English estrange), from extra ("outside of").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stranger

strange | stranged [past tense] | stranging [present participle] | stranges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English strange, from Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus, "that which is on the outside". Displaced native Middle English fremd, frempt ("strange") (from Old English fremede, fremde).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/strange

Oxford Dictionary:

stranger | stranger to

Origin: late Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus (see "strange")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stranger

strange | tell [literary] | strange to/at/in [literary]

Origin: Middle English: shortening of Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus "external, strange"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/strange

Collins Dictionary:

stranger | strange

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French estrange, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see extraneous

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stranger

New World Dictionary:

stranger

Origin: Middle English from Middle French estranger from Old French estrange: see "strange"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stranger

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English from Old French estrange from Latin extraneus, "extraneous"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/strange

American Heritage Dictionary:

stranger

Origin: Middle English, from Old French estrangier, from estrange, strange; see "strange".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stranger

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French estrange, extraordinary, foreign, from Latin extrāneus, adventitious, ... (12 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/strange

Merriam-Webster:

stranger [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangier stranger, foreigner, from estrange

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stranger

strange [entry 1, adjective] | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French estrange, from Latin extraneus, literally, external, from extra outside

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Online Etymology:

strange

First use: late 13th century

Origin: "from elsewhere, foreign, unknown, unfamiliar", from Old French estrange (French étrange) "foreign, alien", from Latin extraneus ... (19 of 77 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

stranger | strangers [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French estrangier from estrange "foreign"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715455​/definition​.html  [offline]

strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French estrange from Latin extraneus "foreign" from extra, form of exter "outside"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715449​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

stranger | strangers [plural] | strangered [past tense] | strangering [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stranger"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stranger

strange | stranged [past tense] | stranging [present participle] | stranges [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "strange"

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Collins Dictionary:

stranger | strange

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strange

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

stranger [countable] | strangers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stranger"

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strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "strange"

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strange [adverb] | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

stranger [countable] | strangers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stranger"

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strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "strange"

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strange [adverb] | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "strange"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

stranger

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stranger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stranger"

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strange [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "strange"

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the Free Dictionary:

stranger

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strange

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Google Dictionary:

stranger | strangers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "stranger"

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strange | stranger [comparative] | strangest [superlative]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stranger

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strange

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YourDictionary Audio:

stranger

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strange

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freedictionary.org:

Stranger

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strange

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