Definition of stranger in English:


Line breaks: stran¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈstreɪn(d)ʒə


  • 1A person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar: don’t talk to strangers she remained a stranger to him
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    • In fact, a lot of times, we're teaching our children to run to a police officer or a fire fighter, and in fact they are strangers.
    • We are strangers as much to each other as to this place.
    • For the most part we are strangers sharing rooms.
  • 1.1A person who does not know, or is not known in, a particular place or community: I’m a stranger in these parts he must have been a stranger to the village
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    • Dozens of members were also quizzed in a bid to jog memories and possibly identify anyone who may have been a stranger to the club.
    • Mirza, like most romantic heroes, was a stranger to Sahiban's land and belonged to a feuding clan.
    • Though he grew up in Ligonier, Corbett is not a stranger to the Seward and Armagh areas.
    unknown person; Scottish unconewcomer, new arrival, incomer; visitor; foreigner, outsider, alien; Northern English offcomer
    Australian informal blow-in
  • 1.2 (stranger to) A person entirely unaccustomed to (a feeling, experience, or situation): he is no stranger to controversy
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    • Gregg is no stranger to the open road and he experienced his first tour when he was only seven months old.
    • She is no stranger to the courts and has had some other experience in conducting a trial.
    • However Jason is no stranger to success, albeit at Youth League level.
  • 1.3A person who is not a member or official of the House of Commons.
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    • He is supposed to be debating to you and to fellow members of Parliament, and he should not involve strangers.
    • Historically, strangers were not allowed in and the right of Parliament to debate in private is still maintained.
    • No Member of this House shall presume to bring any stranger into any part of the House or gallery appropriated to the Members of this House while the House, or a committee of the whole House, is sitting.


late Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus (see strange).

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