Definition of strange in English:


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Pronunciation: /streɪn(d)ʒ


  • 2Not previously visited, seen, or encountered; unfamiliar or alien: she was lost in a strange country a harsh accent that was strange to his ears
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    • You can imagine an alien civilisation observing this strange scene and finding it fascinating or amusing.
    • This is by no means strange and alien terrain for the Bank of England.
    • Anyway, at the point I left the house there were no strange alien calls and it was still dark.
    unfamiliar, unknown, new, alien, previously unencountered
  • 2.1 (strange to/at/in) • archaic Unaccustomed to or unfamiliar with: I am strange to the work
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    • I smiled at him, feeling unfamiliar but not altogether strange in the compacted apartment.
    • The land itself is not actually cold and brutal, it's just because I am strange to the land.
    • I am strange to myself. I am here, as in a dream.
  • 3 Physics (Of a subatomic particle) having a non-zero value for strangeness.
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    • The lightest particles containing a strange quark cannot decay by the strong interaction, and must instead decay via the much slower weak interaction.
    • So with three strange quarks, the property which distinguishes them must be capable of at least three distinct values.


strange to say (or • literary tell)

It is surprising or unusual that: strange to say, I didn’t really like carol singers
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  • And suddenly, strange to tell, exactly enough money is saved to pass the budget.
  • Graham had need of a new backpack and, strange to tell, my legs gave out on me just then.
  • She said: ‘It may sound strange to say but I feel normal.’



[as submodifier]: the house was strangely quiet [sentence adverb]: strangely enough, people were able to perform this task without difficulty
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  • The fields on either side were strangely empty and quiet, with almost no livestock to be seen.
  • The shop itself was strangely quiet, and they even had soup left at ten to two.
  • The strangely quiet coffee shop, book shop and supermarket were very much to our liking.


Middle English: shortening of Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus 'external, strange'.

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