Definitions for: Stranger


[n] anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found



Webster (1913) Definition: Stran"ger, n. [OF. estrangier, F. ['e]tranger. See
Strange.]
1. One who is strange, foreign, or unknown. Specifically:
(a) One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner.

I am a most poor woman and a stranger, Born out
of your dominions. --Shak.
(b) One whose home is at a distance from the place where
he is, but in the same country.
(c) One who is unknown or unacquainted; as, the gentleman
is a stranger to me; hence, one not admitted to
communication, fellowship, or acquaintance.

Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, And
strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
--Granville.

My child is yet a stranger in the world. --Shak.

I was no stranger to the original. --Dryden.

2. One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a
visitor.

To honor and receive Our heavenly stranger.
--Milton.

3. (Law) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a
mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without
right; as, actual possession of land gives a good title
against a stranger having no title; as to strangers, a
mortgage is considered merely as a pledge; a mere stranger
to the levy.


Stran"ger, v. t.
To estrange; to alienate. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: alien, unknown

See Also: foreigner, interloper, intruder, outsider, trespasser

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