a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance: He is a perfect stranger to me.
a newcomer in a place or locality: a stranger in town.
an outsider: They want no strangers in on the club meetings.
a person who is unacquainted with or unaccustomed to something (usually followed by to ): He is no stranger to poverty.
a person who is not a member of the family, group, community, or the like, as a visitor or guest: Our town shows hospitality to strangers.
Law. one not privy or party to an act, proceeding, etc.

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French estrangier, equivalent to estrange strange + -ier -ier2

strangerlike, adjective

1, 5. 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.

1. acquaintance. Unabridged


adjective, stranger, strangest.
unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer: a strange remark to make.
estranged, alienated, etc., as a result of being out of one's natural environment: In Bombay I felt strange.
situated, belonging, or coming from outside of one's own locality; foreign: to move to a strange place; strange religions.
outside of one's previous experience; hitherto unknown; unfamiliar: strange faces; strange customs.
unaccustomed to or inexperienced in; unacquainted (usually followed by to ): I'm strange to this part of the job.
distant or reserved; shy.
in a strange manner.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French estrange < Latin extrāneus; see extraneous

strangely, adverb
unstrange, adjective
unstrangely, adverb
unstrangeness, noun

1. bizarre, singular, abnormal, anomalous. Strange, peculiar, odd, queer refer to that which is out of the ordinary. Strange implies that the thing or its cause is unknown or unexplained; it is unfamiliar and unusual: a strange expression. That which is peculiar mystifies, or exhibits qualities not shared by others: peculiar behavior. That which is odd is irregular or unconventional, and sometimes approaches the bizarre: an odd custom. Queer sometimes adds to odd the suggestion of something abnormal and eccentric: queer in the head. 6. aloof.

4–6. familiar.

Stranger, The

French L'Étranger. a novel (1942) by Albert Camus. Unabridged
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strange (streɪndʒ)
1.  odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar
2.  not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliar: a strange land
3.  not easily explained: a strange phenomenon
4.  (usually foll by to) inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to): strange to a task
5.  not of one's own kind, locality, etc; alien; foreign
6.  shy; distant; reserved
7.  strange to say it is unusual or surprising that
8.  physics
 a.  denoting a particular flavour of quark
 b.  denoting or relating to a hypothetical form of matter composed of such quarks: strange matter; a strange star
9.  not standard in a strange manner
[C13: from Old French estrange, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see extraneous]

stranger (ˈstreɪndʒə)
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 a person who is neither party nor privy to a transaction

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "from elsewhere, foreign, unknown, unfamiliar," from O.Fr. estrange (Fr. étrange) "foreign, alien," from L. extraneus "foreign, external," from extra "outside of" (see extra). Sense of "queer, surprising" is attested from late 14c. Stranger, attested from
late 14c., never picked up the secondary sense of the adj. As a form of address to an unknown person, it is recorded from 1817, Amer.Eng. rural colloq. Meaning "one who has stopped visiting" is recorded from 1530.
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Bible Dictionary

Stranger definition

This word generally denotes a person from a foreign land residing in Palestine. Such persons enjoyed many privileges in common with the Jews, but still were separate from them. The relation of the Jews to strangers was regulated by special laws (Deut. 23:3; 24:14-21; 25:5; 26:10-13). A special signification is also sometimes attached to this word. In Gen. 23:4 it denotes one resident in a foreign land; Ex. 23:9, one who is not a Jew; Num. 3:10, one who is not of the family of Aaron; Ps. 69:8, an alien or an unknown person. The Jews were allowed to purchase strangers as slaves (Lev. 25:44, 45), and to take usury from them (Deut. 23:20).

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Example sentences
It was strange it was there, and it's even stranger it's gone.
As strange as modern whales are, their fossil predecessors were even stranger.
After two centuries of paleontological harvest, the evidence seems stranger
  than any fable, and continues to get stranger.
It gave me insight on how someone can be manipulated by a stranger or family or
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