noun strang·er \ ˈstrān-jər \
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of stranger

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

Examples of stranger in a Sentence

  1. Children are taught not to talk to strangers.

  2. He is a complete stranger to me.

  3. “Excuse me. Do you know where the library is?” “I'm sorry. I'm a stranger here myself.”

  4. I'm a stranger to the area.

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Origin and Etymology of stranger

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




Definition of stranger

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

First Known Use of stranger

15th century




Definition of stranger

transitive verb

First Known Use of stranger


STRANGER Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of stranger for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun strang·er \ ˈstrān-jər \

Definition of stranger for Students

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.

Law Dictionary


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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