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[streyn-jer] /ˈstreɪn dʒər/
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.
Origin of stranger
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French estrangier, equivalent to estrange strange + -ier -ier2
Related forms
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
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British Dictionary definitions for stranger-to


any person whom one does not know
a person who is new to a particular locality, from another region, town, etc
a guest or visitor
(foll by to) a person who is unfamiliar (with) or new (to) something: he is no stranger to computers
(law) a person who is neither party nor privy to a transaction
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stranger-to in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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