Definition of stranger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstreɪndʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreɪndʒər//
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  1. 1  a person that you do not know There was a complete stranger sitting at my desk. They got on well together 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. 2  a 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. Word Originlate Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus ‘external, strange’.Extra examples He was a complete stranger to me. He was no stranger to controversy. His years abroad had made him almost a stranger with his family. She said that I would meet a tall dark stranger. She was a stranger to the place. You’re a stranger here, aren’t you?Idioms
    be no/a stranger to something
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    (formal) to be familiar/not familiar with something because you have/have not experienced it many times before He is no stranger to controversy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stranger