American English

Definition of stranger noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person that you do not know There was a complete stranger sitting at my desk. They got along well although they were total strangers. We've told our daughter not to speak to strangers. stranger to somebody She remained a stranger to me.
  2. 2a person who is in a place that they have not been in before Sorry, I don't know where the bank is. I'm a stranger here myself. stranger to… He must have been a stranger to the town.
  3. Idioms
    be no/a stranger to something (formal)
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    to be familiar/not familiar with something because you have/have not experienced it many times before He is no stranger to controversy.
    don't be a stranger
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    used to tell someone that you want them to visit you more often Don't be a stranger—you're welcome to come by anytime.
    hello, stranger (humorous)
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    used to say hello to someone you have not seen for a long time Hello, stranger! How've you been?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stranger