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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 ?
Bumble had quite dignity enough for two; supposing even that the stranger had been more familiar: so he drank his gin-and-water in silence, and read the paper with great show of pomp and circumstance.
And with a lengthened string of similar broken sentences, delivered with extraordinary volubility, the stranger led the way to the traveller's waiting-room, whither he was closely followed by Mr.
A stranger came to Winesburg and saw in the child what the father did not see.
As he drew nigh this bridge he saw a tall stranger coming from the other side.
Further away from camp than Jenssen and upon the opposite side another heard Meriem's screams--a stranger who was not even aware of the proximity of white men other than himself-- a hunter with a handful of sleek, black warriors.
As soon as the sound of the Peace-cry of my departing Wife had died away, I began to approach the Stranger with the intention of taking a nearer view and of bidding him be seated: but his appearance struck me dumb and motionless with astonishment.
said Rosser in a low voice, his eyes fixed upon the stranger.
At the time the Pequod was making good speed through the water; but as the broad-winged windward stranger shot nigh to her, the boastful sails all fell together as blank bladders that are burst, and all life fled from the smitten hull.
O here is my hand," the stranger reply'd, "I'll serve you with all my whole heart.
Agatha asked a question, to which the stranger only replied by pronouncing, in a sweet accent, the name of Felix.
There is also another court called at Athens the Court of Phreattae, which determines points relating to a murder committed by one who has run away, to decide whether he shall return; though such an affair happens but seldom, and in very large cities; the seventh, to determine causes wherein strangers are concerned, and this whether they are between stranger and stranger or between a stranger and a citizen.
and the moment he said that, the stranger turned his head and looked at me.