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alien

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adjective \ˈā-lē-ən, ˈāl-yən\

Definition of alien

  1. 1a :  belonging or relating to another person, place, or thing :  strange an alien environmentb :  relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government :  foreign alien residentsc :  exotic 1 alien plants

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

alienly

adverb

alienness

play \-lē-ən-nəs, -yən-nəs\ noun

Examples of alien in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of alien

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

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

Definition of alien

  1. 1 :  a person of another family, race, or nation aliens seeking asylum in the U.S.

  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 a movie about an invasion of Earth by monstrous aliens

  4. 4 :  exotic 1 Russian thistle, kudzu, and other aliens

Examples of alien in a Sentence

  1. aliens seeking asylum in the U.S.

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

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Origin and Etymology of alien

see 1alien


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alien

verb

Definition of alien

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  alienate, estrange

  3. 2 :  to transfer the title of (property)

Examples of alien in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of alien

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ALIEN Defined for English Language Learners

alien

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adjective

Definition of alien for English Language Learners

  • : 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

alien

noun

Definition of alien for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ALIEN Defined for Kids

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alien

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adjective \ˈā-lē-ən, ˈāl-yən\

Definition of alien for Students

  1. 1 :  different from what is familiar Keeping their hands clean was an alien idea to the young boys.

  2. 2 :  from another country and not a citizen of the country of residence :  foreign an alien resident

  3. 3 :  from somewhere other than the planet earth an alien spaceship


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alien

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noun

Definition of alien for Students

  1. 1 :  a resident who was born elsewhere and is not a citizen of the country in which he or she now lives

  2. 2 :  a being that comes from somewhere other than the planet earth


Law Dictionary

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alien

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adjective \ˈā-lē-ən, ˈāl-yən\

Legal Definition of alien

  1. :  relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government

Origin and Etymology of alien

Latin alienus not one's own, foreign


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alien

noun

Legal Definition of alien

  1. :  a foreign-born resident who has not been naturalized and is still a subject or citizen of a foreign country illegal aliens an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence — U.S. Code


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alien

transitive verb

Legal Definition of alien



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