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Origin of outlander

First recorded in 1590–1600; outland + -er1
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Related Words for outlander

outsider, stranger, immigrant, alien, newcomer, greenhorn, incomer

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British Dictionary definitions for outlander


  1. a foreigner or stranger
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Word Origin and History for outlander

1590s, "foreigner," from outland (see outlandish) + -er (1). Probably on model of Dutch uitlander, German ausländer. In South African English it had a specific sense of "not of Boer birth" (1892) and was a loan-translation of S.African Dutch uitlander.

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