es·​tranged | \ i-ˈstrānjd How to pronounce estranged (audio) \

Definition of estranged

: having lost former closeness and affection : in a state of alienation from a previous close or familial relationship her estranged husband [=her husband with whom she no longer lives] Social workers may try to resolve conflicts between estranged siblings.— Jonathan D. Rockoff He had taken out a life insurance policy on his estranged wife just weeks before her murder …— David Fisher … it's kind of shameful to admit your idea of unwinding in front of the TV is watching somebody's entire family get murdered by their greedy, estranged uncle.— Lauren Zupkus

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1538, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of estranged was in 1538

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