alien

[ eyl-yuhn, ey-lee-uhn ]
/ ˈeɪl yən, ˈeɪ li ən /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. alice-in-wonderland,
  2. alicia,
  3. alick,
  4. alicyclic,
  5. alidade,
  6. alien and sedition acts,
  7. alienable,
  8. alienage,
  9. alienate,
  10. alienation

Origin of alien

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin aliēnus, equivalent to *alies- (ali-, base of alius other + -es- noun suffix) + -nus adj. suffix

SYNONYMS FOR alien
1. immigrant. 2. See stranger. 3. outcast. 7. exotic, foreign.

Related formsnon·al·ien, noun, adjectivepro·al·ien, adjective

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for alien

alien

/ (ˈeɪljən, ˈeɪlɪən) /

noun

adjective

verb

(tr) rare to transfer (property, etc) to another
Derived Formsalienage (ˈeɪljənɪdʒ, ˈeɪlɪə-), noun

Word Origin for alien

C14: from Latin aliēnus foreign, from alius other

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Word Origin and History for alien
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Science definitions for alien

alien

[ ālē-ən ]

Introduced to a region deliberately or accidentally by humans. Starlings, German cockroaches, and dandelions are species that are alien to North America but have become widely naturalized in the continent. Compare endemic indigenous.
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