[ streyn-jer ]
/ ˈstreɪn dʒər /
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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.



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Origin of stranger

1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French estrangier, equivalent to estrange strange + -ier -ier2

synonym study for stranger

1, 5. Stranger, foreigner both refer to someone regarded as outside of or distinct from a particular group. Stranger may apply to one who does not belong to some group—social, professional, national, etc.—or may apply to a person with whom one is not acquainted. Foreigner emphasizes a difference in language, customs, and background.


stran·ger·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stranger

/ (ˈstreɪndʒə) /


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
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