stranger

Meanings

Adjective

  • Comparative form or more of strange

Noun

  • A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
  • An outsider or foreigner.
  • One not admitted to communion or fellowship.
  • A newcomer.
  • One who has not been seen for a long time.
  • One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
  • One not privy or party to an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right.
  • A superstitious premonition of the coming of a visitor by a bit of stalk in a cup of tea, the guttering of a candle, etc.

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Origin

  • From Middle English straunger, from Old French estrangier, from estrange, from Latin extraneus (whence also English estrange), from extra. Displaced native . Cognate with French ├ętranger ("foreigner, stranger") and Spanish extranjero ("foreigner").

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