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

foreigner, nonnative, outlander, outsider

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of stranger in a Sentence


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

Head coach Kelly Reich is no stranger to the winner’s circle. Emmett Hall,, "Fort Lauderdale Bandits steal softball crown," 19 June 2019 Michigan Stadium is no stranger to big soccer matches. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "FC Barcelona vs. SSC Napoli at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 10 in LaLiga-Serie A Cup," 19 June 2019 Take-Two Interactive is no stranger to controversy. Chris Morris, Fortune, "'Borderlands 3' Brings Big Potential Profits, Big Potential Headaches to Take-Two," 19 June 2019 Cardi B is no stranger to revealing outfits, but during her Bonnaroo set on Sunday night, things got a little out of hand: Her skin-tight multicolored catsuit split right at the bottom, causing her to change in the middle of her set. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Performing in Nothing But a Bathrobe Is a Big Mood," 18 June 2019 Hong Kong is no stranger to protests, and students have often been on their front lines. The Christian Science Monitor, "What’s at stake in Hong Kong," 12 June 2019 The two tennis legends are far from strangers in Grand Slam competition. Michael Shapiro,, "Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal French Open Semifinals: How to Watch Online, TV, Stream," 4 June 2019 Trans women of color are more likely to experience harassment from strangers simply because of their gender identity. Teen Vogue, "Why Queer and Transgender People of Color Deserve Safe Spaces During Pride 2019," 1 June 2019 To say the least, the reactions from strangers learning about the Jonas Brothers's return was mixed. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Billy Eichner Declares The Jonas Brothers Are Officially Back," 21 May 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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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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