Origin of stranger
Definition for stranger (2 of 3)
adjective, strang·er, strang·est.
Origin of strange
Definition for stranger (3 of 3)
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|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And his pitiless beliefs would be no stranger to the political discourse of today.
The rate of partner violence dwarfs the number of women who experience sexual assault from a stranger (7%).
“The social convention of not talking to a stranger was fairly rigid at the time,” Weber told me.
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’|Candida Moss|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Schotz had gone back to the counter with the toys the stranger sought.The Toy Shop|Margarita Spalding Gerry
If you have ever seen a stranger group than we were, I should be glad to hear of it.Ravenshoe|Henry Kingsley
Bud Hyslop and a stranger were talking together a little apart from Dan.Gypsies of the Air|Bess Moyer
"Probably they're both in bed; it's quite safe to make our examination," said the stranger.Beaumaroy Home from the Wars|Anthony Hope
If your left hand itches, you will shortly receive money; if it is the right hand, get ready to shake hands with a stranger.The Myths and Fables of To-Day|Samuel Adams Drake
British Dictionary definitions for stranger (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for stranger (2 of 2)
- 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 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.