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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From Mexico is no stranger to Super Bowl commercials, having run them during the past six Super Bowls. Connor Pittman, Dallas News, "Super Bowl spots for Cheetos, Doritos and Avocados From Mexico mix nostalgia with pop culture," 1 Feb. 2020 Nick Kyrgios is no stranger to controversial moments or arguments with chair umpires. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Nick Kyrgios calls Australian Open chair umpire 'stupid' after unnecessary time violation," 25 Jan. 2020 As such, is no stranger to the issues of sustainability, and is sure to make an impact on the BAFTA red carpet. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton Might Wear an Old Dress on the Red Carpet at the BAFTAs," 25 Jan. 2020 Though not involved in this particular paper, Steffen is no stranger to the problem of how to board passengers. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "We’re closer than we’ve ever been to the optimum airplane boarding procedure," 17 Jan. 2020 In 2018, Amazon sent 1,700 audio files of a customer talking to his Alexa to a stranger. Kashmir Hill, New York Times, "Want Your Personal Data? Hand Over More Please," 15 Jan. 2020 This is the biggest free-ranging whitetail ever taken by a hunter, and it was taken by a guy who is no stranger to world-class whitetails. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Whitetails of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 People had, of course, been talking to strangers online for a long time by that point. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s," 24 Dec. 2019 Rob Fulk, Iroquois' new principal, is no stranger to dispelling negative labels. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Under new leadership, Iroquois High School is pushing back on its negative image," 19 Dec. 2019 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


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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The first known use of stranger was in the 14th century

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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stranger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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