strang·​er | \ ˈstrān-jər How to pronounce stranger (audio) \

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



Definition of stranger (Entry 2 of 3)

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


strangered; strangering; strangers

Definition of stranger (Entry 3 of 3)

Synonyms & Antonyms for stranger

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Christopher Nolan is certainly not a stranger to mind-bending movies (Interstellar, Tenet), and his sophomore film Memento marks the start of this trend. Jihane Bousfiha, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 The juvenile was not a stranger to Peters, Kelm revealed, adding that tips from the community led to the arrest. Yael Halon, Fox News, 28 Apr. 2022 While her selection of pieces certainly proved to be on-theme for the awards, Murphy is also no stranger to the idea of sustainable design in her own right. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 24 Apr. 2022 Nodal, 23, who boasts over 8 million followers on Instagram, isn't a stranger to the star power, and Gera, 27, is well on his way — with five total Latin AMA nominations, including new artist of the year. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Mickey certainly isn't a stranger to iconic collaborations. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 18 Apr. 2022 Schuld isn’t a stranger to having eyes on her in the state of Arizona, having a hold on the high school softball scene as a two-time Arizona Gatorade High School Softball Player of the Year. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2022 Dunn isn’t a stranger to restructuring a roster through the draft. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2022 Sara is also no stranger to success as a prolific public speaker and entrepreneur since age 15. Joelle Goldstein,, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In endeavoring to conjure the transcendent lyricism of Balanchine’s vision and Tchaikovsky’s score, the book goes further, touching on deeper, stranger ideas about the symbiosis between life and art. Vagabonds!, by Eloghosa Osunde (Riverhead). The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 One of the stranger stories circulating about Clenney’s alleged history of violence is that Clenney may have broken the jaw of professional bodybuilder Shawn Rhoden. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2022 Then again, in Rita’s life stranger things have happened. James Mcauley, Town & Country, 27 Apr. 2022 Maybe something even stranger, possibly a little darker. Liz Appel, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 In the 1950s, Victor moved into the house in question with his wife and two kids, and then strange things started to happen — followed by even stranger things. Nick Romano,, 18 Apr. 2022 One of the stranger phenomena of the age is that a certain kind of conservative now holds out Hungary as the model of Christian governance to which the West should aspire. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 And perhaps even stranger still, the engorgement seems to be an advantage. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2022 While the sheer volume of cash changing hands is jaw-dropping, the truth behind the embezzlement is much stranger. ELLE, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stranger


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stranger


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

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“Stranger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stranger


strang·​er | \ ˈstrān-jər How to pronounce stranger (audio) \

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.



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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