from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign: alien residents.
- adj. Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange. See Synonyms at foreign.
- adj. Dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed, as in nature: emotions alien to her temperament.
- n. An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
- n. A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
- n. A person who is not included in a group; an outsider.
- n. A creature from outer space: a story about an invasion of aliens.
- n. Ecology An organism, especially a plant or animal, that occurs in or is naturalized in a region to which it is not native.
- transitive v. Law To transfer (property) to another; alienate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
- n. A foreigner residing in a country.
- n. Any life form of extraterrestrial origin.
- adj. Pertaining to an alien.
- adj. Very unfamiliar, strange, or removed.
- v. To estrange; to alienate.
- v. To transfer the ownership of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign.
- adj. Wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent (with); incongruous; -- followed by from or sometimes by to.
- n. A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See alienage.
- n. One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged.
- transitive v. To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Residing under another government or in another country than that of one's birth, and not having rights of citizenship in such place of residence: as, the alien population; an alien condition.
- Foreign; not belonging to one's own nation.
- Wholly different in nature; estranged; adverse; hostile: used with to or from.
- n. A foreigner; one born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization; one who is not a denizen, or entitled to the privileges of a citizen. In France a child born of residents who are not citizens is an alien.
- n. A stranger.
- n. An English statute of 1836 (6 and 7 Wm. IV. c. 11) providing for the registration of aliens; and one of 1844 (7 and 8 Vict. c. 66) allowing aliens from friendly nations to hold real and personal property for purposes of residence, and resident aliens to become naturalized.
- n. An English statute of 1847 (10 and 11 Vict. c. 83) concerning naturalization.
- To transfer or convey to another; make over the possession of: as, to alien a title or property. In this sense also written aliene.
- To make averse or indifferent; turn the affections or inclinations of; alienate; estrange.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
- adj. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
- adj. not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
- v. transfer property or ownership
- n. a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
- v. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
- n. anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aliēnus, from alius, other.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French alien, aliene, from Latin aliēnus ("belonging to someone else, later exotic, foreign"), from alius ("other"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos. (Wiktionary)