Definition of close encounter of the first (or second etc.) kind in US English:

close encounter of the first (or second etc.) kind

phrase

  • Used to describe encounters involving increasing degrees of complexity and apparent exposure of the witness to aliens, with the first kind being a mere sighting and the fourth kind being abduction.

    • ‘Many people think that this equation actually proves the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence and some even believe that a close encounter of the third kind could be just around the corner.’
    • ‘I'm trying my best to keep a serious face while John goes on about his close encounters of the third kind.’
    • ‘I need some expert advice on a vision or potential close encounter of the first kind.’
    • ‘Of the 5,254 reported UFO sightings since 1989, 35 are close encounters of the fourth kind.’
    • ‘A year later, after spending countless hours trying to bond with his father, he has a close encounter of the third kind.’
    • ‘Did dozens of people experience a close encounter of the first kind?’