stranger

noun
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

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

The celeb world is no stranger to infamous feuds — there's now a TV show dedicated to them — but some of these beefs have gone on for-ev-er. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 The results of Princess Charlotte and Prince George's designs are sure to be delightful, in the same way that a child's art is—the stranger, the more charming. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Will Have Their Own Tree to Decorate This Christmas," 2 Dec. 2018 Normally a docile dog, the pup’s protective instincts kicked in, prompting him to bite the stranger on the leg, the couple told Fox News. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Illinois family 'destroyed' after dog mistakenly euthanized: 'How could this happen?'," 11 Aug. 2018 So many calories: Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer Fair music: Hunter Hayes, Rick Springfield and other Indiana State Fair acts Chestnut is no stranger to stuffing his face in Indiana. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Competitive eater Joey Chestnut will shovel ice cream into mouth at the Indiana State Fair," 10 July 2018 Herbst is no stranger to the big stage, having narrowly lost his 2014 bid for state treasurer. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Sliver Of GOP Electorate Could Decide Nominee In Five-Way Republican Primary," 21 June 2018 Neeleman is a partner at airline TAP Air Portugal, and his former airlines are no stranger to Orlando fliers. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Moxy Airlines in works by David Neeleman, Orlando Sanford service possible, reports say," 20 June 2018 Learn its history, the places a passion for beer can take you, and how the great experience of sharing a beer with a friend, or stranger, at the bar is indeed universal Learn more about the documentary and check out the preview here. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 No stranger to mastering a red carpet, J.Lo complemented the look with a polished yet simple wave in her hair and stunning jewels. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez's Oscar Gown Might Have Been Inspired By Kim Kardashian," 25 Feb. 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

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

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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 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.

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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