"of a foreign country," from utland
"foreign land," lit. "outland" (see out
). Sense of "unfamiliar, strange, odd, bizarre" (such as the customs of foreigners may seem to natives) is attested from 1596. Outlander
in S.African Eng. had a specific sense of "not of Boer birth" (1892) and was a loan-transl. of S.African Du. uitlander.