Definition of alien adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliən//
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  1. 1alien (to somebody/something) strange and frightening; different from what you are used to synonym hostile an alien environment In a world that had suddenly become alien and dangerous, he was her only security.
  2. 2(often disapproving) from another country or society; foreign an alien culture alien influences that threatened their way of life
  3. 3(disapproving) not usual or acceptable alien to somebody/something The idea is alien to our religion. A referendum is alien to the party’s concept of democracy. Cruelty was quite alien to him.
  4. 4connected with creatures from another world alien beings from outer space
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin alienus ‘belonging to another’, from alius ‘other’.Extra examples They spoke a language totally alien to him. What is it like to live in an essentially alien culture? living in an essentially alien culture A part of me still feels alien in this country. His last years were spent alone and insecure in an alien land. Native woodland was destroyed and alien conifers were planted. The peasants had kept an oral tradition alive during centuries of domination by alien cultures.
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