|alien (ˈeɪljən, ˈeɪlɪən)|
|1.||a person owing allegiance to a country other than that in which he lives; foreigner|
|2.||any being or thing foreign to the environment in which it now exists|
|3.||(in science fiction) a being from another world, sometimes specifically an extraterrestrial|
|—adj (and foll by to)|
|5.||having foreign allegiance: alien territory|
|6.||unfamiliar; strange: an alien quality in a work of art|
|7.||repugnant or opposed (to): war is alien to his philosophy|
|8.||(in science fiction) of or from another world|
|9.||rare (tr) to transfer (property, etc) to another|
|[C14: from Latin aliēnus foreign, from alius other]|
alien [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (ā'lē-ən) Pronunciation Key |
Introduced to a region deliberately or accidentally by humans. Starlings, German cockroaches, and dandelions are species that are alien to North America but have become widely naturalized in the continent. Compare endemic, indigenous.
a foreigner, or person born in another country, and therefore not entitled to the rights and privileges of the country where he resides. Among the Hebrews there were two classes of aliens. (1.) Those who were strangers generally, and who owned no landed property. (2.) Strangers dwelling in another country without being naturalized (Lev. 22:10; Ps. 39:12). Both of these classes were to enjoy, under certain conditions, the same rights as other citizens (Lev. 19:33, 34; Deut. 10:19). They might be naturalized and permitted to enter into the congregation of the Lord by submitting to circumcision and abandoning idolatry (Deut. 23:3-8). This term is used (Eph. 2:12) to denote persons who have no interest in Christ.