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  1. a foreigner; alien.
  2. an outsider; stranger.
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Origin of outlander

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

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

Examples from the Web for outlander

Historical Examples

  • The outlander's lidless eyes were filmed with a gray membrane.

    The Great Dome on Mercury

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • We are not happy with the rule of this outlander who has forced himself into power.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • He was indeed an outlander, but yet a Thibetan in language, habit and attire.

  • I mean juice up an outlander so he can enjoy the pleasures of your world?


    Harry Harrison

  • To them he appeared as an outlander, and yet he was, withal, so intensely Swedish.

British Dictionary definitions for outlander


  1. a foreigner or stranger
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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