adjective, strang·er, strang·est.
Origin of strange
Examples from the Web for strange
In front of this strange structure are two blank-faced, well-dressed models showing off the latest in European minimalism.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In another year, stories about the strange new face of an A-list actress might draw chortles and cackles.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like, OK, to be around them when we were away from work is great, but being at work was still kind of strange for me.
But, strange to say, Cocker never got inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We ascended a very darksome flight of stairs, and a door was opened by a strange little man.Hawthorne and His Circle|Julian Hawthorne
He was moving away himself, when his eyes lit upon a strange sight, and one which sent a tingling through his skin.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
And with this double collapse had come a strange irresistible resurgence of early feelings and forgotten superstitions.Ghetto Tragedies|Israel Zangwill
The people may wonder for a few days at the strange haste, but my answer shall be that I am going to the front with my troops.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
The ancient city presented a strange and desolate appearance on the succeeding morning, in the neighbourhood of the public square.The Cavaliers of Virginia, vol. 1 of 2|William A. Caruthers
British Dictionary definitions for strange
- denoting a particular flavour of quark
- denoting or relating to a hypothetical form of matter composed of such quarksstrange matter; a strange star
Word Origin for strange
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.