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’
    • ‘The jury heard that the two women were strangers and had been drinking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still I was a little bit worried that I had been reckless to accept hospitality from a complete stranger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These girls were strangers too, but they thought he was hilarious.’
    • ‘The man was about ninety, and really not my type at all, besides being a complete stranger.’
    • ‘For the most part we are strangers sharing rooms.’
    • ‘He was known to smile, wave and say hello to people in the streets, whether they were strangers, or long-time neighbours.’
    • ‘These are strangers, people we don't know, who ordinarily will pass us straight on the road.’
    • ‘One other local joined us, but everyone else that turned up were strangers.’
    • ‘For example, you as husband and wife met as adults but were strangers before that.’
    • ‘We are strangers as much to each other as to this place.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Almost all other artistes in the college campus are strangers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Five minutes into the conversation I felt as if I was talking to a complete stranger.’
    • ‘All of them are strangers who have in some way irritated me beyond reason.’
    • ‘Though those on board were strangers, without fail we exchanged friendly greetings.’
    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’
      • ‘I also came as a stranger to Bolivia to work and to tend people and use my knowledge to help them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Should I have been a stranger to York I may have found the painted aerial mural of the city a little confusing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are strangers here and some of us speak no English.’
      • ‘Small children smiled happily at us who were strangers in their town.’
      • ‘Hardly any contributor will be a stranger to consumers of the financial history literature.’
      • ‘Once, as we were strangers there, a local policeman asked us for identification, which my mother could not supply.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When women marry they often move over long distances into households where they are strangers.’
      • ‘Many Muslims have fled to neighbouring states where they are strangers and don't always know the local language.’
      • ‘Though he grew up in Ligonier, Corbett is not a stranger to the Seward and Armagh areas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whenever there is strangers in the area, they can feel it.’
      • ‘He was a stranger to Scotland until he married the daughter of the 17th Earl of Sutherland.’
      • ‘If you don't know Danny Burke around Castlerea, you sure are a stranger to the region!’
      • ‘Mirza, like most romantic heroes, was a stranger to Sahiban's land and belonged to a feuding clan.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, as a stranger to this small town, I did not know the local resources.’
      • ‘He was a stranger to these parts. No one knew for sure what to make of him.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gregg is no stranger to the open road and he experienced his first tour when he was only seven months old.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Denise is no stranger to rallying either and she started co-driving in 1996 for Peter Dobbyn.’
      • ‘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 Germans and French will seek to maintain the status quo but McCreevy is no stranger to bruising political battles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is no stranger to the courts and has had some other experience in conducting a trial.’
      • ‘Romans were strangers to the classical tradition; Mozart and Beethoven were never performed, and there were no public concerts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hann who is ranked 22 in the world, is no stranger to controversy.’
      • ‘As a widely traveled religious leader, the Pope is no stranger to controversy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However Jason is no stranger to success, albeit at Youth League level.’
      unaccustomed to, unfamiliar with, unused to, unacquainted with, new to, fresh to, inexperienced in, unpractised in, unversed in, unconversant with
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    3. 1.3 A person who is not a member or official of the House of Commons.
      • ‘He is supposed to be debating to you and to fellow members of Parliament, and he should not involve strangers.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

stranger

/ˈstreɪn(d)ʒə/