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alien

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adjective \ˈā-lē-ən, ˈāl-yən\

Simple Definition of alien

  • : not familiar or like other things you have known : different from what you are used to

  • : from another country

  • : too different from something to be acceptable or suitable

Full Definition of alien

  1. 1 a :  belonging or relating to another person, place, or thing :  strange b :  relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government :  foreign c :  exotic 1

  2. 2 :  differing in nature or character typically to the point of incompatibility

alien·ly adverb
alien·nessplay \-lē-ən-nəs, -yən-nəs\ noun

Examples of alien

  1. <new immigrants with customs alien to the community where they have settled>

  2. <it's completely alien to her nature to wish evil of anyone>



Origin of alien

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin alienus, from alius


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of alien

extrinsic, extraneous, foreign, alien mean external to a thing, its essential nature, or its original character. extrinsic applies to what is distinctly outside the thing in question or is not contained in or derived from its essential nature <sentimental value that is extrinsic to the house's market value>. extraneous applies to what is on or comes from the outside and may or may not be capable of becoming an essential part <arguments extraneous to the issue>. foreign applies to what is so different as to be rejected or repelled or to be incapable of becoming assimilated <techniques foreign to French cuisine>. alien is stronger than foreign in suggesting opposition, repugnance, or irreconcilability <a practice totally alien to her nature>.

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alien

noun

Simple Definition of alien

  • : a person who was born in a different country and is not a citizen of the country in which he or she now lives

  • : a creature that comes from somewhere other than the planet Earth

Full Definition of alien

  1. 1 :  a person of another family, race, or nation

  2. 2 :  a foreign-born resident who has not been naturalized and is still a subject or citizen of a foreign country; broadly :  a foreign-born citizen

  3. 3 :  extraterrestrial

  4. 4 :  exotic 1

Examples of alien

  1. aliens seeking asylum in the U.S.

  2. He claims that he was captured by space aliens.



14th Century

First Known Use of alien

14th century


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alien

verb

Definition of alien

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  alienate, estrange

  3. 2 :  to make over (as property)



Examples of alien

  1. <such emotional cruelty will rapidly alien any friends you might possibly have left>

  2. <the couple plans to alien the adjoining house lot to their eldest son>



14th Century

First Known Use of alien

14th century




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