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



    BrE BrE//ɪˈstreɪndʒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstreɪndʒd//
    (formal) Family background
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  1. 1[usually before noun] no longer living with your husband or wife his estranged wife Emma She is attempting to contact her estranged husband to break the news. He is being questioned in connection with the death of his estranged wife. She has been estranged from her husband since 1999.
  2. 2estranged (from somebody) no longer friendly, loyal or in contact with somebody He became estranged from his family after the argument. Formerly close friends, they had been estranged from each other for many years. See related entries: Family background
  3. 3estranged (from something) no longer involved in or connected with something, especially something that used to be important to you She felt estranged from her former existence.
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Old French estranger, from Latin extraneare ‘treat as a stranger’, from extraneus ‘not belonging to the family’, used as a noun to mean ‘stranger’. Compare with strange + -ed.
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