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[out-lan-der] /ˈaʊtˌlæn dər/
a foreigner; alien.
an outsider; stranger.
Origin of outlander
1590-1600; outland + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was indeed an outlander, but yet a Thibetan in language, habit, and attire.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • We are not happy with the rule of this outlander who has forced himself into power.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • In Texas the Americans first went in to settle and become citizens, making an outlander population.

  • He bitterly decided that the folks were lining up against the outlander.

  • Dweller in the Light, and outlander who has fulfilled the promise of Thran.

  • Let the outlander come hither that he may see the work of the Black Ones.

  • Otherwise your Britisher does not bother himself with what the outlander may or may not do.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • More than ever he was the outlander with no true roots in Tav.

  • Henry James, with the chill detachment of an outlander, fingers the artistic and cosmopolitan fringe of it.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • But loyal to what, Duncan wondered, to him, the outlander and intruder?

    The World That Couldn't Be Clifford Donald Simak
British Dictionary definitions for outlander


a foreigner or stranger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outlander

1590s, "foreigner," from outland (see outlandish) + -er (1). Probably on model of Dutch uitlander, German ausländer. In South African English it had a specific sense of "not of Boer birth" (1892) and was a loan-translation of S.African Dutch uitlander.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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