American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To estrange; alienate.
- n. A name in Victoria and Tasmania for a labroid fish, Odax richardsoni. Also called rock-whiting.
- 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. humorous One who has not been seen for a long time.
- v. obsolete, transitive To estrange; to alienate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Law) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right.
- v. obsolete To estrange; to alienate.
- n. an individual that one is not acquainted with
- n. anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
- Old French estrangier ("foreign, alien"), from Latin extraneus ("foreign, external") (whence also English estrange), from extra ("outside of"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French estrangier, from estrange, strange; see strange. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Thou shalt not oppress a stranger, for ye know the heart of a stranger_.”
“_The comedy of Wilmot successful: The wounded stranger seen at a distance: Oratory abandoned with regret: The dangers that attend being honest: A new invitation from Hector: A journey deferred by an arrest, and another accidental sight of the stranger_”
“I pressed him on his use of the term "stranger" to refer to LGBT individuals.”
“Assuming a rape cannot possibly occur between friends, colleagues or family members is on par with how most children define the term "stranger.”
“Rolling down your window in DC for a stranger is a sure way to become a statistic.”
“And the stranger is attracting more of them than Odd has ever seen in one place.”
“Â Then, when he starts getting tired of having a brother, he then decides the stranger is a liar, so he sets up a fake deathtrap that actually KILLS him.”
“We know suddenly that whatever the stranger is attempting to achieve, if they fail that attempt may be unrepeatable.”
“Ask them whether they think a spanking – you know, a swift giggling slap on the ass – by a stranger is assault.”
“Marvellous as its surrounding mountains are, a stranger is apt to conclude that they but open the way to still greater marvels, and to regard the Ampezzo Thal as only the threshold of Wonderland.”
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