Definition of outlander in English:



North American
  • A foreigner or a stranger.

    ‘here in the city I feel like a perpetual outlander’
    • ‘Typically these outlanders are lampooned for their conspicuous consumption and lack of community commitment.’
    • ‘Compared with the courage of these two outlanders, we in the D.C. press corps pay only lip service to the supposed sanctity of the reporter's right to protect his sources.’
    • ‘The outlanders made their way through the city, conversing about one thing or another.’
    • ‘None of them seemed to share in the outlander's good spirits.’
    • ‘You may think me an outlander but my parents were New Yorkers and never forgot it.’
    • ‘Most of the swimmers seemed to be locals for whom the site was part of their familiar landscape, not outlanders like us paying homage to the pond and the guy who cultivated beans and contrary thoughts by its side from 1845 to 1847.’
    • ‘Seduced and lied to by the Guild, these outlanders were corrupted with greed and promises of false hope and peace.’
    • ‘By the cast of her features she was an outlander, but unlike most of those she moved with both strength and confidence.’
    • ‘How could he wish to also protect a young outlander with virtually no fighting experience and nothing but an old pocketknife as his only weapon?’
    • ‘I thank you, outlander, for your information and prompt report.’
    • ‘Almost by definition they were barbarian outlanders, foreigners alienated from their natal condition by cultural difference as well as, usually, by physical force.’
    • ‘However, he has had some excellent opportunities to get good looks at these outlanders.’
    • ‘She was clearly an outlander here, her skin a paler shade than the people of this southern kingdom.’
    • ‘The villagers are very protective and don't like outlanders.’
    • ‘Because they occupy the professional outlands, staffing of sections in these courses relies heavily on outlanders like graduate student or part-time faculty.’
    • ‘I think that must have been how it felt to live on the frontier, isolated from larger world events, working as the old-timers said from ‘can’ to ‘can't’ and letting those outlanders take care of themselves.’
    • ‘Terrified of what this outlander would do to my grandfather, I led him to the smithy at the edge of the woods.’
    • ‘I guess that's why they don't like outlanders.’
    • ‘In some such schools, outlanders are suspect, even if they are of the same denomination.’
    stranger, visitor, non-member, odd man out
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