• WordNet 3.6
    • n stranger anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
    • n stranger an individual that one is not acquainted with
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Iguanas can recognize their human handlers and greet them differently, compared with strangers
    • Stranger One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor. "To honor and receive
      Our heavenly stranger ."
    • Stranger (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.
    • Stranger One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner.
    • Stranger One who is strange, foreign, or unknown.
    • Stranger One who is unknown or unacquainted; as, the gentleman is a stranger to me; hence, one not admitted to communication, fellowship, or acquaintance.
    • Stranger One whose home is at a distance from the place where he is, but in the same country.
    • v. t Stranger To estrange; to alienate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Carlsbad, New Mexico, it's legal for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work, as long as the car or van has drawn curtains to stop strangers from peeking in.
    • n stranger One who comes from another country or region; a foreigner.
    • n stranger A person with whom one is not acquainted; one whose name and character are unknown.
    • n stranger One who is ignorant (of) or unacquainted (with): with to.
    • n stranger One not belonging to the house; a guest; a visitor.
    • n stranger In law, one not privy or party to an act.
    • n stranger Some thing popularly supposed or humorously said to betoken the approach of a stranger or guest, as guttering in a candle or a teastalk in a cup of tea.
    • n stranger Specifically, in entomology, the noctuid moth Hadena peregrina: an English collectors' name.
    • stranger To estrange; alienate.
    • n stranger A name in Victoria and Tasmania for a labroid fish, Odax richardsoni. Also called rock-whiting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Xenophobia is the fear of strangers or foreigners.
    • Stranger a foreigner: one from homed: one unknown or unacquainted: a guest or visitor: one not admitted to communion or fellowship: a popular premonition of the coming of a visitor by a bit of stalk in a cup of tea, guttering in a candle, &c
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  • Lord Burleigh
    Lord Burleigh
    “Don't borrow money from a neighbor or a friend, but of a stranger where, paying for it you shall hear of it no more.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.”
  • Stella Benson
    Stella Benson
    “Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.”
  • Shirley Maclaine
    Shirley Maclaine
    “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Strangers are just friends I haven't met yet.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If it weren't for marriage, men and women would have to fight with total strangers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estrangier, F. étranger,. See Strange
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estrange (Fr. étrange)—L. extraneusextra, beyond.


In literature:

He changed his place, but the glance of the stranger followed him.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The portrait was almost his friend; the living woman was a stranger.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
To her relief the stranger did not presume on the service he had rendered.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Then the Grebbys' return from their marketing, to welcome the stranger whom Eleanor proudly introduces.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Telemachus now recognizes that the stranger was a divinity.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
I will be back soon; so have the bed ready for the wounded stranger.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
Jim flushed with embarrassment as he and the stranger came back to the others.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It was not even safe to cross the land of a stranger.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
For the stranger knight is the widow's son!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
That gives Mime the idea that these strangers must be of the great.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall

In poetry:

We met--he was a stranger,
His foot was free to roam;
I was a simple maiden,
Who had never left my home.
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
Didn't know Flynn,--
Flynn of Virginia,--
Long as he's been 'yar?
Look 'ee here, stranger,
Whar HEV you been?
"In The Tunnel" by Francis Bret Harte
I am a stranger in the land;
It gives no welcome dear;
Its lilies bloom not for my hand,
Its roses for my cheer.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
I gaz'd, until, oh! thought divine!
I fancied she I saw was mine;
But soon the beauteous vision flew—
The stranger-form I lov'd withdrew.
"Lines Upom Seeing----" by Sir John Carr
Cleopas thus answered, "A stranger art thou
In Jerusalem, not knowing the things happening there?"
"What things?" asked the stranger, desiring now
Their lips should disclose what had caused their despair.
"The Travellers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
We’re strangers two to two, and each unto the other three—
I do not know the lady and I don’t think she knows me.
We’re strangers to each other here, and to the other two,
And they themselves are strangers yet, if all we hear is true.
"The King and Queen and I" by Henry Lawson

In news:

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hereafter .
Three strangers are wrestling with death.
Augusten Burroughs's truth is undoubtedly stranger than most people's fiction, and few writers ride the line between tragedy and comedy so gracefully.
Bobby Alloway is no stranger to hot rodding or building award-winning cars.
Man abandons dog on mountain, strangers hike up to rescue it.
Following Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers offer rides to strangers in order to cross bridges.
A strange terrorism case gets even stranger.
Paris Hilton is no stranger to controversy and scandal, but now the socialite has managed to upset an entire religion.
Restaurant depends on kindness of strangers.
Doctors credit swift action from strangers for saving Eric Quinn.
A hug is usually a good thing, but when it comes from a stranger.
For a Bay Area research team, finding strangers lurking in the human body is a lot like detective work.
Clarke County Schools Superintendent Philip Lanoue is no stranger to the benefits of quality education.
We know that Manic Panic's no stranger to wild beauty techniques.
Alan and Rose Whittington are no strangers to junk mail .

In science:

An even stranger example is shown in Figure 1.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
Because people at parties tend to cluster in groups of five, we consider a party to be imperfect if there are five people who are mutual acquaintances, or five who are mutual strangers. A perfect party is one which is not imperfect.
Uses of randomness in computation
It is clear that ℓ1 ⊂ (ℓ∞ )′ but (ℓ∞ )′ also contains “stranger” ob jects.
Axioms for Rational Reinforcement Learning
It seems to me that the new formulation of QM should somehow automatically take the underlying structures into account, at least there should be such possibility. I am not clear how to ’unify’ the two approaches as I am a stranger to this new formulation of QM.
On the underlying theory approach for quantum theories
Hall was no stranger to Hedlund. A paper by Hall and Kelley [HK41] which appears in Hedlund’s bibliography to [Hed44], was published in 1941, based on a presentation to the American Mathematical Society in September 1939.
On the genesis of symbolic dynamics as we know it