What does stranger mean?

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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.

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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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. Sydney Harris:

    The reason that truth is stranger than fiction is that fiction has to have a rational thread running through it in order to be believable, whereas reality may be totally irrational.

  2. John Davis:

    We want to be very cautious when we move some of these species, like bird species, catching them and moving them into stranger locations, that takes a lot of time and planning and we go easy with that.

  3. G. K. Chesterton:

    Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.

  4. George Fiorenza:

    San Francisco-based Uber is totally unregulated, your child is getting in a car with a stranger who answers to no real authority whatsoever.

  5. Sami Steigmann:

    She had compassion for a stranger, for a Jewish kid, and she decided to give me love, but I want for people to understand, people that save strangers — I specifically do not use the word ‘Jews’ because other people were also saved — are called the Righteous Among the Nations.

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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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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. foumart
    • B. ventricle
    • C. rung
    • D. anestrus

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