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[streynj] /streɪndʒ/
adjective, stranger, strangest.
unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer:
a strange remark to make.
estranged, alienated, etc., as a result of being out of one's natural environment:
I felt strange as I walked through the crowded marketplace.
situated, belonging, or coming from outside of one's own locality; foreign:
to move to a strange place; strange religions.
outside of one's previous experience; hitherto unknown; unfamiliar:
strange faces; strange customs.
unaccustomed to or inexperienced in; unacquainted (usually followed by to):
I'm strange to this part of the job.
distant or reserved; shy.
in a strange manner.
Origin of strange
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French estrange < Latin extrāneus; see extraneous
Related forms
strangely, adverb
unstrange, adjective
unstrangely, adverb
unstrangeness, noun
1. bizarre, singular, abnormal, anomalous. Strange, peculiar, odd, queer refer to that which is out of the ordinary. Strange implies that the thing or its cause is unknown or unexplained; it is unfamiliar and unusual: a strange expression. That which is peculiar mystifies, or exhibits qualities not shared by others: peculiar behavior. That which is odd is irregular or unconventional, and sometimes approaches the bizarre: an odd custom. Queer sometimes adds to odd the suggestion of something abnormal and eccentric: queer in the head. 6. aloof.
4–6. familiar. Unabridged
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  • Suddenly his countenance shone with a strange and impressive beauty.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Others thought this strange, but there was nothing strange about it to her.

  • Would he be strong or weak; and what would be weakness, and what strength, in a position so strange?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • strange, by what slender threads our lives are knitted to each other!

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • I'll tell you the strange story of Mary Reynolds on the way over.

British Dictionary definitions for strange


odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar
not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliar: a strange land
not easily explained: a strange phenomenon
(usually foll by to) inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to): strange to a task
not of one's own kind, locality, etc; alien; foreign
shy; distant; reserved
strange to say, it is unusual or surprising that
  1. denoting a particular flavour of quark
  2. denoting or relating to a hypothetical form of matter composed of such quarks: strange matter, a strange star
(not standard) in a strange manner
Derived Forms
strangely, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estrange, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see extraneous
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Word Origin and History for strange

late 13c., "from elsewhere, foreign, unknown, unfamiliar," from Old French estrange (French étrange) "foreign, alien," from Latin extraneus "foreign, external," from extra "outside of" (see extra). Sense of "queer, surprising" is attested from late 14c. Stranger, attested from late 14c., never picked up the secondary sense of the adjective. As a form of address to an unknown person, it is recorded from 1817, American English rural colloquial. Meaning "one who has stopped visiting" is recorded from 1520s.

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