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




  1. comparative form of strange: more strange
    • Truth is stranger than fiction. (English proverb)

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stranger (plural strangers)

  1. A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
    That gentleman is a stranger to me.
    Children are taught not to talk to strangers.
  2. An outsider or foreigner.
    • Shakespeare
      I am a most poor woman and a stranger, / Born out of your dominions.
    • Granville
      Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, / And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
    • 1961, Robert A. Heinlein: “Stranger in a Strange Land
  3. A newcomer.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      […] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
  4. (humorous) One who has not been seen for a long time.
    Hello, stranger!
  5. (obsolete) One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
    • Milton
      To honour and receive / Our heavenly stranger.
  6. (law) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right.
    Actual possession of land gives a good title against a stranger having no title.



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stranger (third-person singular simple present strangers, present participle strangering, simple past and past participle strangered)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To estrange; to alienate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)