Definition of stranger in English:

stranger

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘Instead, you have to deal with new cellmates, who are strangers at best and troublemakers sent to keep you company at worst.’
    • ‘Would you be open and honest about your financial affairs to a complete stranger?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I recognised all sorts of people in the queue - though most were strangers.’
    • ‘Even adults who are strangers are expected to intervene and challenge young people behaving in an anti-social manner.’
    • ‘Manderson makes it clear that there are strangers within our midst in the form of the poor and the marginalised as well as the strangers at our door.’
    • ‘All of them are strangers who have in some way irritated me beyond reason.’
    • ‘The man was about ninety, and really not my type at all, besides being a complete stranger.’
    • ‘Still I was a little bit worried that I had been reckless to accept hospitality from a complete stranger.’
    • ‘These girls were strangers too, but they thought he was hilarious.’
    • ‘These are strangers, people we don't know, who ordinarily will pass us straight on the road.’
    • ‘Though those on board were strangers, without fail we exchanged friendly greetings.’
    • ‘The jury heard that the two women were strangers and had been drinking.’
    • ‘We are strangers as much to each other as to this place.’
    • ‘Almost all other artistes in the college campus are strangers.’
    • ‘For example, you as husband and wife met as adults but were strangers before that.’
    • ‘He was known to smile, wave and say hello to people in the streets, whether they were strangers, or long-time neighbours.’
    • ‘Five minutes into the conversation I felt as if I was talking to a complete stranger.’
    • ‘For the most part we are strangers sharing rooms.’
    • ‘One other local joined us, but everyone else that turned up were strangers.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘He was a stranger to Scotland until he married the daughter of the 17th Earl of Sutherland.’
      • ‘When women marry they often move over long distances into households where they are strangers.’
      • ‘Our taxi driver hadn't uttered a word thus far, not even the acknowledgement of knowing where he was taking us, who were strangers in the big unwelcome city.’
      • ‘If you don't know Danny Burke around Castlerea, you sure are a stranger to the region!’
      • ‘We are strangers here and some of us speak no English.’
      • ‘Should I have been a stranger to York I may have found the painted aerial mural of the city a little confusing.’
      • ‘Many Muslims have fled to neighbouring states where they are strangers and don't always know the local language.’
      • ‘Not that Davies's caution in talking about her new job results from her being a stranger to the world of medical management and policy making.’
      • ‘Whenever there is strangers in the area, they can feel it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Knowing that they exist in those parts it didn't come as a shock, but if I was a stranger to the area it would probably have thrown me.’
      • ‘Mirza, like most romantic heroes, was a stranger to Sahiban's land and belonged to a feuding clan.’
      • ‘He was a stranger to these parts. No one knew for sure what to make of him.’
      • ‘Hardly any contributor will be a stranger to consumers of the financial history literature.’
      • ‘Though he grew up in Ligonier, Corbett is not a stranger to the Seward and Armagh areas.’
      • ‘I also came as a stranger to Bolivia to work and to tend people and use my knowledge to help them.’
      • ‘Small children smiled happily at us who were strangers in their town.’
      • ‘The harsh winter which had swept over this famous city was over, although someone who was a stranger to this town would have thought otherwise.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, as a stranger to this small town, I did not know the local resources.’
      • ‘Once, as we were strangers there, a local policeman asked us for identification, which my mother could not supply.’
      unknown person
      newcomer, new arrival, incomer
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    2. 1.2stranger to A person entirely unaccustomed to (a feeling, experience, or situation):
      ‘he is no stranger to controversy’
      • ‘The Germans and French will seek to maintain the status quo but McCreevy is no stranger to bruising political battles.’
      • ‘As a widely traveled religious leader, the Pope is no stranger to controversy.’
      • ‘No matter that a good percentage of the congregation were strangers to any church or that the local drunks rolled in to help us celebrate.’
      • ‘Hann who is ranked 22 in the world, is no stranger to controversy.’
      • ‘Mrs Marshall is no stranger to the skies, as she held a private pilot's licence in the past, and has been a passenger on microlight trips before.’
      • ‘However Jason is no stranger to success, albeit at Youth League level.’
      • ‘Denise is no stranger to rallying either and she started co-driving in 1996 for Peter Dobbyn.’
      • ‘Geraldton's new Detective Sergeant Simon Hubbard is no stranger to country policing.’
      • ‘No stranger to the community games Sean is wished every success in the finals.’
      • ‘Not that Pramod Mohan and Prameeda Mohan are strangers to the canvas.’
      • ‘Michael is no stranger to success in this section as he perennially produces the best vegetables for the various shows.’
      • ‘Ted Fitzgerald is no stranger to the greyhound scene, having bred many a winner from his Ballyhaunis kennels.’
      • ‘Always wanting more, their sense of accomplishment is ephemeral and they are strangers to contentment.’
      • ‘Gregg is no stranger to the open road and he experienced his first tour when he was only seven months old.’
      • ‘Romans were strangers to the classical tradition; Mozart and Beethoven were never performed, and there were no public concerts.’
      • ‘She is no stranger to the courts and has had some other experience in conducting a trial.’
      • ‘Cecile is no stranger to dancing as she was part of the dancing scene in her native Brittany before moving to Ireland to make her home here.’
      • ‘Mr Rooney, who has 46 years of experience working with plant machinery under his belt, is no stranger to working abroad.’
      • ‘Andrew is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with the great and the good.’
      • ‘The bulk of the crowd tonight is in its early thirties and few of them, judging by their appearance, are strangers to happy hours in shopping-mall pubs.’
      unaccustomed to, unfamiliar with, unused to, unacquainted with, new to, fresh to, inexperienced in, unpractised in, unversed in, unconversant with
      strange to
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    3. 1.3 A person who is not a member or official of the House of Commons.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Historically, strangers were not allowed in and the right of Parliament to debate in private is still maintained.’
      • ‘He is supposed to be debating to you and to fellow members of Parliament, and he should not involve strangers.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

stranger

/ˈstreɪn(d)ʒə/