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strang·er

 (strān′jər)
n.
1. One who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
2. A foreigner, newcomer, or outsider.
3. One who is unaccustomed to or unacquainted with something specified; a novice: a stranger to our language; no stranger to hardship.
4. Law One that is neither privy nor party to a title, act, or contract.
5. Archaic A visitor or guest.

[Middle English, from Old French estrangier, from estrange, strange; see strange.]

stranger

(ˈstreɪndʒə)
n
1. any person whom one does not know
2. a person who is new to a particular locality, from another region, town, etc
3. a guest or visitor
4. (foll by to) a person who is unfamiliar (with) or new (to) something: he is no stranger to computers.
5. (Law) law a person who is neither party nor privy to a transaction

stran•ger

(ˈstreɪn dʒər)

n.
1. a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance.
2. a newcomer in a place: a stranger in town.
3. a person who does not belong to the family, group, or community; an outsider: Our town shows hospitality to strangers.
4. a person unacquainted with or unaccustomed to something: no stranger to poverty.
5. a person not legally party to an act, proceeding, etc.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French estrangier=estrange strange + -ier -ier2]
syn: stranger, alien, foreigner all 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. alien emphasizes a difference in political allegiance and citizenship from that of the country in which one is living. foreigner emphasizes a difference in language, customs, and background.

stranger

  • extranean - An outsider or stranger, a person not belonging to a household.
  • barbarian - Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy."
  • stranger - Originally a foreigner, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus, "person outside."
  • pilgrim - Its basic meaning was "traveler, homeless wanderer," from Latin peregrinum, "foreigner, stranger."

stranger

A stranger is someone who you have never met before.

A stranger appeared.
Antonio was a stranger to all of us.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'stranger' to talk about someone who comes from a country that is not your own. You can refer to him or her as a foreigner, but this word can sound rather impolite. It is better to say, for example, 'someone from abroad' or 'a person from overseas'.

We have some visitors from abroad coming this week.
Most universities have many postgraduate students from overseas.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stranger - anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are foundstranger - anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
outsider, foreigner - someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group
interloper, intruder, trespasser - someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
acquaintance, friend - a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
2.stranger - an individual that one is not acquainted with
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
acquaintance, friend - a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"

stranger

noun
1. unknown person Sometimes I feel like I'm living with a stranger.
2. newcomer, incomer, foreigner, guest, visitor, unknown, alien, new arrival, newbie (slang), outlander Being a stranger in town can be a painful experience.
3. unaccustomed to, new to, unused to, ignorant of, a stranger to, inexperienced in, unversed in, unpractised in, unseasoned in He is no stranger to controversy.
Related words
fear xenophobia
Quotations
"a stranger in a strange land" Bible: Exodus

stranger

noun
A person coming from another country or into a new community:
Translations
زائِر غَريبغَريبغَرِيب
estrangerforaster
cizí člověkcizinec-icenávštěvníkneznámý
fremmedikke stedkendt personukendt
muukalainen
stranacstrankinjatuđinacdošljakdošljakinja
aîkomumaîurókunnugur maîur
知らない人
낯선 사람
tujec
främling
คนแปลกหน้า
người lạ

stranger

[ˈstreɪndʒəʳ] N (= unknown person) → desconocido/a m/f, extraño/a m/f; (from another area etc) → forastero/a m/f
he's a stranger to mees un desconocido para mí
I'm a stranger hereyo soy nuevo aquí
hello, stranger!¡cuánto tiempo sin vernos!
you're quite a stranger!¡apenas te dejas ver!
he is no stranger to viceconoce bien los vicios

stranger

[ˈstreɪndʒər] n
(= unknown person) → inconnu(e) m/f
Don't talk to strangers → Ne parle pas aux inconnus.
don't be a stranger! (= keep in touch) → on reste en contact
(from somewhere else)étranger/ère m/f
They are regarded as strangers in the village → On les considère comme des étrangers dans le village.
I'm a stranger here
BUT Je ne suis pas d'ici.

stranger

nFremde(r) mf; he’s a complete stranger to meich kenne ihn überhaupt nicht; I’m a stranger here myselfich bin selbst fremd hier; he is no stranger to Londoner kennt sich in London aus; he is no stranger to misfortuneLeid ist ihm nicht fremd; to be a stranger to this kind of workmit dieser Art von Arbeit nicht vertraut sein; hullo, stranger! (inf)hallo, lange nicht gesehen; you’re quite a stranger here (inf)man kennt dich ja gar nicht mehr; the little stranger (hum)der kleine Neuankömmling

stranger

[ˈstreɪndʒəʳ] n (unknown person) → sconosciuto/a; (from another place) → forestiero/a, estraneo/a
I'm a stranger here → non sono del posto
he's a complete stranger to me → non lo conosco affatto, per me è un perfetto sconosciuto
I'm no stranger to Rome → conosco Roma

strange

(streindʒ) adjective
1. not known, seen etc before; unfamiliar or foreign. What would you do if you found a strange man in your house?; Whenever you're in a strange country, you should take the opportunity of learning the language.
2. unusual, odd or queer. She had a strange look on her face; a strange noise.
ˈstrangely adverb
ˈstrangeness noun
ˈstranger noun
1. a person who is unknown to oneself. I've met her once before, so she's not a complete stranger (to me).
2. a visitor. I can't tell you where the post office is – I'm a stranger here myself.
strange to say/tell/relate
surprisingly. Strange to say, he did pass his exam after all.
strangely enough
it is strange (that). He lives next door, but strangely enough I rarely see him.

stranger

غَرِيب cizí člověk fremmed Fremder ξένος desconocido muukalainen inconnu stranac estraneo 知らない人 낯선 사람 vreemdeling fremmed nieznajomy desconhecido незнакомец främling คนแปลกหน้า yabancı người lạ 陌生人
References in classic literature ?
Fuchs brought home with him a stranger, a young Bohemian who had taken a homestead near Black Hawk, and who came on his only horse to help his fellow countrymen in their trouble.
Burden, for that you are so kind to poor strangers from my kawntree.
The frown which had gathered around the handsome, open, and manly brow of Heyward, gradually relaxed, and his lips curled into a slight smile, as he regarded the stranger.
Even so," replied the stranger, making diligent use of his triangular castor, to produce a circulation in the close air of the woods, and leaving his hearers in doubt to which of the young man's questions he responded; when, however, he had cooled his face, and recovered his breath, he continued, "I hear you are riding to William Henry; as I am journeying thitherward myself, I concluded good company would seem consistent to the wishes of both parties.
In another moment the stranger had reached their side, dripping as if rained upon, mopping his damp curls and handsome bearded face with his linen coat, as he threw himself pantingly on the ground.
Possessing very distinctive traits of their own, they nevertheless took the general characteristics of the little community in which they dwelt; a town noted for its frugal, discreet, well-ordered, and home-loving inhabitants, as well as for the somewhat confined scope of its sympathies; but in which, be it said, there are odder individuals, and, now and then, stranger occurrences, than one meets with almost anywhere else.
But the mother did not seem to hear it, at his arrival in the market-place, and some time before she saw him, the stranger had bent his eyes on Hester Prynne.
You must needs be a stranger in this region, friend," answered the townsman, looking curiously at the questioner and his savage companion, "else you would surely have heard of Mistress Hester Prynne and her evil doings.
The stranger, however, quickened his horse to an equal pace.
But there was no other change in nature, unless indeed it were a change that I saw with a stranger sharpness.
And when it comes to sleeping with an unknown stranger, in a strange inn, in a strange town, and that stranger a harpooneer, then your objections indefinitely multiply.
Holding a light in one hand, and that identical New Zealand head in the other, the stranger entered the room, and without looking towards the bed, placed his candle a good way off from me on the floor in one corner, and then began working away at the knotted cords of the large bag I before spoke of as being in the room.