- a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance: He is a perfect stranger to me.
- a newcomer in a place or locality: a stranger in town.
- an outsider: They want no strangers in on the club meetings.
- a person who is unacquainted with or unaccustomed to something (usually followed by to): He is no stranger to poverty.
- a person who is not a member of the family, group, community, or the like, as a visitor or guest: Our town shows hospitality to strangers.
- Law. one not privy or party to an act, proceeding, etc.
Origin of stranger
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- 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
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- (French L'Étranger), a novel (1942) by Albert Camus.
Examples from the Web for stranger
When I first arrived at Duke, hooking up with a stranger seemed like a way to shed my inhibitions.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
And his pitiless beliefs would be no stranger to the political discourse of today.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
The rate of partner violence dwarfs the number of women who experience sexual assault from a stranger (7%).The Hidden Link Between Women and War
December 3, 2014
“The social convention of not talking to a stranger was fairly rigid at the time,” Weber told me.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
As Europe closes its shores to immigrants and refugees, the pope asks for welcome of the stranger fleeing war.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
"Stranger, thou hast not yet learned the fashions of Athens," said Anaxagoras, gravely.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The boy came forward, and examined the stranger with curiosity.
He quickly turned the boat to the shore, and the stranger jumped on board.
"Nothing but a half loaf, and that's dry enough," muttered the stranger.
But for the stranger's presence it would have been attended to two hours earlier.
- any person whom one does not know
- a person who is new to a particular locality, from another region, town, etc
- a guest or visitor
- (foll by to) a person who is unfamiliar (with) or new (to) somethinghe is no stranger to computers
- law a person who is neither party nor privy to a transaction
- odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar
- not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliara strange land
- not easily explaineda 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
- denoting a particular flavour of quark
- denoting or relating to a hypothetical form of matter composed of such quarksstrange matter; a strange star
- not standard in a strange manner
Word Origin and History for stranger
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.