stranger

noun
strang·​er | \ ˈstrān-jər \

Definition of stranger

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one who is strange: such as
a(1) : foreigner
(2) : a resident alien
b : one in the house of another as a guest, visitor, or intruder
c : a person or thing that is unknown or with whom one is unacquainted
d : one who does not belong to or is kept from the activities of a group
e : one not privy or party to an act, contract, or title : one that interferes without right
2 : one ignorant of or unacquainted with someone or something

stranger

adjective

Definition of stranger (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a stranger : foreign

stranger

verb
strangered; strangering; strangers

Definition of stranger (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for stranger

Synonyms: Noun

foreigner, nonnative, outlander, outsider

Antonyms: Noun

native

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Examples of stranger in a Sentence

Noun

Children are taught not to talk to strangers. He is a complete stranger to me. “Excuse me. Do you know where the library is?” “I'm sorry. I'm a stranger here myself.” I'm a stranger to the area.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the Prince, who is no stranger to a heart-pumping workout, having spent a decade in the military, is a regular in the gym, likely due in part to the influence of his fit wife. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Besides buffering the state from a foster-care system implosion, Sutphin points to research suggesting children who have unfit parents thrive better mentally and emotionally when paired with relatives rather than strangers. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 In a crowning irony, the initiative carries support from Facebook and Google, two companies that hinge on mass data collection to grow their advertising businesses, and are no strangers to leaking that sensitive information in calamitous fashion. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 As Moneyish points out, while going to great lengths to impress a stranger may seem superficial, science has long proven that first impressions matter. Fox News, "These are the biggest first-date fashion deal-breakers, say singles," 2 Oct. 2018 Such perceptions are consistent with the popular image of the firefighter as a daring individual who is willing to risk life and limb to save the life of a total stranger and who is lauded for doing so. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 In total, strangers raised $43,700, as of Sunday morning, to free the mothers. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Strangers raise $43K to help migrant mothers reunite with separated children," 9 July 2018 There is a certain art to sitting down—even in front of a screen—and spending a few minutes meditating on a grassy knoll in England, or joining a stranger on a stroll through Tokyo just as cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "In the Age of Despair, Find Comfort on the ‘Slow Web’," 8 July 2018 Blue Bloods fans are no strangers to major character shakeups on the show. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Just Introduced a New Romance for Nicky Reagan-Boyle," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Every pro sports star has signed tons and tons of autographs for fans, but some of them have signed stranger things than others. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "J.J. Watt's weirdest autograph: Signed pregnant woman's belly, then later met her baby," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stranger

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stranger

Noun

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

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stranger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stranger

: someone who you have not met before or do not know

: someone who has not experienced something

: someone who is in a new and unfamiliar place

stranger

noun
strang·​er | \ ˈstrān-jər \

Kids Definition of stranger

1 : a person in a new or unfamiliar place She is a stranger here and does not know her way around.
2 : a person whom another person does not know or has not met Children should not talk to strangers.

stranger

noun
strang·​er

Legal Definition of stranger

: someone who is not a party or in privity with a party (as to a contract or legal action) may be enforced against a stranger to the contract

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