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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
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He's very kind, though he does not look so, and he lets me do what I like, pretty much, only he's afraid I might be a bother to strangers," began Laurie, brightening more and more.
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Burden, for that you are so kind to poor strangers from my kawntree.
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They make a great feature of showing strangers through the packing plants, for it is a good advertisement.
There were, for a while, soft whisperings and footfalls in the chamber, as one after another stole in, to look at the dead; and then came the little coffin; and then there was a funeral, and carriages drove to the door, and strangers came and were seated; and there were white scarfs and ribbons, and crape bands, and mourners dressed in black crape; and there were words read from the Bible, and prayers offered; and St.
As a general thing -- as far as I could make out -- these murderous adventures were not forays undertaken to avenge injuries, nor to settle old disputes or sudden fallings out; no, as a rule they were simply duels be- tween strangers -- duels between people who had never even been introduced to each other, and between whom existed no cause of offense whatever.
The corps etiquette extended even to us, who were strangers, and required us to group with the white corps only, and speak only with the white corps, while we were their guests, and keep aloof from the caps of the other colors.
The judge gave him some, and that evening he got drunk, and was around till after mid- night with a couple of mighty hard-looking strangers, and then went off with them.