Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
  • n. A foreigner, newcomer, or outsider.
  • n. One who is unaccustomed to or unacquainted with something specified; a novice: a stranger to our language; no stranger to hardship.
  • n. A visitor or guest.
  • n. Law One that is neither privy nor party to a title, act, or contract.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of strange: more strange
  • n. A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
  • n. An outsider or foreigner
  • n. A newcomer.
  • n. One who has not been seen for a long time.
  • v. To estrange; to alienate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is strange, foreign, or unknown.
  • n. One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner.
  • n. One whose home is at a distance from the place where he is, but in the same country.
  • n. One who is unknown or unacquainted; ; hence, one not admitted to communication, fellowship, or acquaintance.
  • n. One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
  • n. One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right.
  • transitive v. To estrange; to alienate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To estrange; alienate.
  • n. One who comes from another country or region; a foreigner.
  • n. A person with whom one is not acquainted; one whose name and character are unknown.
  • n. One who is ignorant (of) or unacquainted (with): with to.
  • n. One not belonging to the house; a guest; a visitor.
  • n. In law, one not privy or party to an act.
  • n. Some thing popularly supposed or humorously said to betoken the approach of a stranger or guest, as guttering in a candle or a teastalk in a cup of tea.
  • n. Specifically, in entomology, the noctuid moth Hadena peregrina: an English collectors' name.
  • n. A name in Victoria and Tasmania for a labroid fish, Odax richardsoni. Also called rock-whiting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an individual that one is not acquainted with
  • n. anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French estrangier ("foreign, alien"), from Latin extraneus ("foreign, external") (whence also English estrange), from extra ("outside of").

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