What does stranger mean?

Definitions for stranger
ˈstreɪn dʒərstran·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stranger, alien, unknownnoun

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

  2. strangernoun

    an individual that one is not acquainted with


  1. strangernoun

    A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.

  2. strangernoun

    An outsider or foreigner

  3. strangernoun

    A newcomer.

  4. Etymology: estrangier, from extraneus (whence also English estrange), from extra.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Strangernoun

    Etymology: estranger, French.

    I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,
    Born out of your dominions; having here
    No judge indiff’rent. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Your daughter hath made a gross revolt;
    Tying her duty, beauty, wit and fortunes
    To an extravagant and wheeling stranger
    Of here and every where. William Shakespeare.

    There is no place in Europe so much frequented by strangers, whether they are such as come out of curiosity, or such who are obliged to attend the court of Rome. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear,
    And strangers to the sun yet ripen here. George Granville.

    After a year’s inter-regnum from the death of Romulus, the senate of their own authority chose a successor, and a stranger, merely upon the fame of his virtues. Jonathan Swift.

    Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss. William Shakespeare.

    You did void your rheum upon my beard,
    And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur
    Over your threshold. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    We ought to acknowledge, that no nations are wholly aliens and strangers the one to the other. Francis Bacon.

    That stranger guest the Taphean realm obeys. Alexander Pope.

    They came, and near him plac’d the stranger guest. Alexander Pope.

    He will vouchsafe
    This day to be our guest: bring forth and pour
    Abundance, fit to honour and receive
    Our heavenly stranger. John Milton.

    My child is yet a stranger in the world;
    She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. William Shakespeare.

    I was no stranger to the original: I had also studied Virgil ’s design, and his disposition of it. Dryden.

    I unspeak my detraction; here abjure
    The taints and blames upon myself,
    For strangers to my nature. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  2. To Strangerverb

    To estrange; to alienate.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Will you with those infirmities she owes,
    Dower’d with our curse, and stranger’d with our oath,
    Take her or leave her? William Shakespeare.


  1. Stranger

    A stranger is a person who is unknown to another person or group. Because of this unknown status, a stranger may be perceived as a threat until their identity and character can be ascertained. Different classes of strangers have been identified for social science purposes, and the tendency for strangers and foreigners to overlap has been examined. The presence of a stranger can throw an established social order into question, "because the stranger is neither friend nor enemy; and because he may be both". The distrust of strangers has led to the concept of stranger danger (and the expression "don't talk to strangers"), wherein excessive emphasis is given to teaching children to fear strangers despite the most common sources of abduction or abuse being people known to the child.


  1. stranger

    A stranger is an individual who is unknown to or unfamiliar to another person or group. Strangers typically have not had previous interactions, relationships, or established connections with each other.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strangernoun

    one who is strange, foreign, or unknown

  2. Strangernoun

    one who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner

  3. Strangernoun

    one whose home is at a distance from the place where he is, but in the same country

  4. Strangernoun

    one who is unknown or unacquainted; as, the gentleman is a stranger to me; hence, one not admitted to communication, fellowship, or acquaintance

  5. Strangernoun

    one not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor

  6. Strangernoun

    one not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right; as, actual possession of land gives a good title against a stranger having no title; as to strangers, a mortgage is considered merely as a pledge; a mere stranger to the levy

  7. Strangerverb

    to estrange; to alienate

  8. Etymology: [OF. estrangier, F. tranger. See Strange.]


  1. Stranger

    The Stranger is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Stranger first appeared in X-Men #11, and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stranger is ranked #57234 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stranger surname appeared 356 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stranger.

    92.7% or 330 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 10 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stranger' in Nouns Frequency: #1673

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stranger in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stranger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stranger in a Sentence

  1. Laura Beyer:

    My thought is if those of us who care for others would simply' keep an eye on' children as we drive to and fro, they would be safe nonetheless, if you see a child walking and he or she is being approached by what seems to be a stranger, pull to the side of the road and ask if he or she is OK.

  2. Sir Arthur Eddington:

    Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

  3. Hrachik Adjamian:

    A lot of people keep snoozing alarm clocks and still can't wake up, our research shows that a one-minute talk to a stranger wakes your brain up with a 99% guarantee. When someone asks you questions in the morning your brain has to wake up to answer. Also you try to be kind, you try to turn on your social pattern of behavior. After the call you can't sleep anymore even if you had a short sleep.

  4. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane:

    My own suspicion is that the universe is not only stranger than we suppose, but stranger than we can suppose.

  5. Jeffrey Mogil:

    The mere presence of a stranger is enough to cause a measurable stress response.

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  • غريب, أجنبيArabic
  • desconegut, estranger, forasterCatalan, Valencian
  • neznámý, cizinecCzech
  • dieithrynWelsh
  • fremmedDanish
  • Neuling, Ausländer, FremderGerman
  • νέος, άγνωστος, αλλοδαπός, ξένοςGreek
  • fremduloEsperanto
  • extranjero, desconocido, forasteroSpanish
  • غریبه, خارجیPersian
  • tulokas, tuntematon, muukalainenFinnish
  • inconnu, étrangère, étrangerFrench
  • strainséirIrish
  • coigreach, coimheachScottish Gaelic
  • परदेशी, विदेशी, अन्यदेशीय, अजनबीHindi
  • idegenekHungarian
  • նորեկ, անծանոթ, օտարականArmenian
  • straniero, stranieraItalian
  • זָרHebrew
  • 外人, 外国人, 知らない人Japanese
  • peregrinus, extraneusLatin
  • tautangataMāori
  • дојденец, туѓинец, странец, новодојденец, незнаник, незнајникMacedonian
  • vreemdeDutch
  • cudzoziemiec, przybysz, obcy, nieznajomyPolish
  • recém-chegado, estranho, estrangeiroPortuguese
  • чужой, незнакомец, инородец, пришелец, незнакомка, иностранка, чужеземец, посторонний, иностранец, новоприбывшийRussian
  • prìdošlica, došljàkinja, strȁnkinja, dòšljāk, stránac, tuđínacSerbo-Croatian
  • nykomling, främlingSwedish
  • ฝรั่งThai
  • پردیشی, اجنبیUrdu
  • người lạVietnamese

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    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    • A. condemn
    • B. aggravate
    • C. embark
    • D. interrogate

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