Definitions for ALIENˈeɪl yən, ˈeɪ li ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•ien*ˈeɪl yən, ˈeɪ li ən(n.)

  1. a foreign-born resident who has not been naturalized and who owes allegiance to another country.

    Category: Government

  2. a foreigner.

  3. a person who has been estranged or excluded.

  4. an extraterrestrial.

  5. (adj.)owing allegiance to another country.

    Category: Government

  6. belonging or relating to aliens.

    Category: Government

  7. unlike one's own; strange.

  8. opposed; hostile (usu. fol. by to or from):

    ideas alien to modern thinking.

  9. extraterrestrial.

* Syn: See stranger.

Origin of alien:

1300–50; ME < MF < L aliēnus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreigner, alien, noncitizen, outlander(noun)

    a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

  2. stranger, alien, unknown(noun)

    anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

  3. extraterrestrial being, extraterrestrial, alien(adj)

    a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere

  4. alien, foreign(adj)

    not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something

    "an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"; "the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"; "jealousy is foreign to her nature"

  5. alien, exotic(verb)

    being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world

    "alien customs"; "exotic plants in a greenhouse"; "exotic cuisine"

  6. alien, alienate(verb)

    transfer property or ownership

    "The will aliened the property to the heirs"

  7. estrange, alienate, alien, disaffect(verb)

    arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

    "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alien(noun)ˈeɪl yən, ˈeɪ li ən

    a creature from space

    an alien invasion

  2. alienˈeɪl yən, ˈeɪ li ən

    a foreigner

    illegal aliens

  3. alien(adjective)ˈeɪl yən, ˈeɪ li ən

    ≠ familiar

    The idea seemed alien to him.


  1. alien(Noun)

    A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.

  2. alien(Noun)

    A foreigner residing in a country.

  3. alien(Noun)

    Any life form of extraterrestrial origin.

  4. alien(Verb)

    To estrange; to alienate.

  5. alien(Verb)

    To transfer the ownership of something.

  6. alien(Adjective)

    Pertaining to an alien.

  7. alien(Adjective)

    Very unfamiliar, strange, or removed.

  8. Origin: alien, aliene, from alienus, from alius, from h₂élyos.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alien(adj)

    not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign; as, alien subjects, enemies, property, shores

  2. Alien(adj)

    wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent (with); incongruous; -- followed by from or sometimes by to; as, principles alien from our religion

  3. Alien(noun)

    a foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See Alienage

  4. Alien(noun)

    one excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged; as, aliens from God's mercies

  5. Alien(verb)

    to alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership


  1. Alien

    The Alien film franchise is a science fiction horror film series consisting of four installments, focusing on Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with an extraterrestrial lifeform, commonly referred to as the "Alien". Produced by 20th Century Fox, the series started with the 1979 film Alien, which led to three movie sequels, as well as numerous books, comics and video game spin-offs. Related to the franchise is the two part Alien vs. Predator series which combines the Aliens with the Predators from the Predator film series. Prometheus, an indirect prequel to Alien, is also related.

Anagrams of ALIEN

  1. aline, Aline, A-line, anile, laine, linea

  2. A-line

  3. Aline

  4. Anile

  5. Laine

  6. Linea

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a foreigner

Aliens are not welcome there.

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