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stranger

noun strang·er \ ˈstrān-jər \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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


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stranger

adjective

Definition of stranger

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

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First Known Use of stranger

15th century


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stranger

verb

Definition of stranger

transitive verb
obsolete

First Known Use of stranger

1606



STRANGER Defined for English Language Learners

stranger

noun

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

stranger

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

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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