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[ek-struh-tuh-res-tree-uh l] /ˌɛk strə təˈrɛs tri əl/
outside, or originating outside, the limits of the earth.
an extraterrestrial being:
a science fiction novel about extraterrestrials conquering the earth.
Origin of extraterrestrial
First recorded in 1865-70; extra- + terrestrial
Related forms
extraterrestrially, adverb Unabridged
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  • Every particle of that extraterrestrial wreck had been packed and crated with utmost care.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • When Hank had finished, the extraterrestrial turned his eyes to Loo.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The extraterrestrial stepped to one side and indicated the room behind him "Please enter, I assume you've come looking for us."

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • If the other continents go as North America has gone, will you alone be divinely translated to some extraterrestrial sphere?

  • All those allusions to the extraterrestrial was so much bilge.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • They contained the essence of accumulated knowledge found to date on Earth and the extraterrestrial planets so far contacted.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
  • These extraterrestrial Rights Association people are a lot of blasted fanatics, themselves.

    Ullr Uprising Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for extraterrestrial


occurring or existing beyond the earth's atmosphere
(in science fiction) a being from beyond the earth's atmosphere
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Word Origin and History for extraterrestrial

also extra-terrestrial, 1812, from extra- + terrestrial. As a noun from 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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extraterrestrial in Science
Originating, located, or occurring outside the Earth or its atmosphere.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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extraterrestrial in Culture
extraterrestrial [(ek-struh-tuh-res-tree-uhl)]

A descriptive term for things outside the Earth, such as possible civilizations outside the solar system, or objects, such as meteorites, that actually reach the Earth.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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