Definition of stranger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrānjər/


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.
newcomer, new arrival, visitor, outsider, newbie
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.
unaccustomed to, unfamiliar with, unused to, new to, fresh to, inexperienced in
archaic strange to


hello, stranger!

humorous Used to greet someone whom one has not seen for some time.
Example sentences
  • Hello stranger. Yeah, I know. It seems like a mighty long time.
  • Why, hello there stranger.


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

Words that rhyme with stranger

arranger, changer, danger, endanger, exchanger, Grainger, hydrangea, manger, ranger

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Syllabification: stran·ger

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