stranger

[streyn-jer]
noun
1.
a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance: He is a perfect stranger to me.
2.
a newcomer in a place or locality: a stranger in town.
3.
an outsider: They want no strangers in on the club meetings.
4.
a person who is unacquainted with or unaccustomed to something (usually followed by to ): He is no stranger to poverty.
5.
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.
6.
Law. one not privy or party to an act, proceeding, etc.

Origin:
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.
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Stranger, The

noun
French L'Étranger. a novel (1942) by Albert Camus.
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stranger (ˈstreɪndʒə)
 
n
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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strange
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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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
Most animals ignore their own reflections or, in the cases of monkeys and
  birds, perceive themselves as strangers.
Where diseases are common, individuals are mean to strangers.
Strangers may carry new diseases and so one would do best to avoid them.
There is, for instance, conversation with strangers.
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