stranger Definition

  • 1a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar
  • 2a person who is new to a particular locality, city, or community and has not yet been accepted by others

Using stranger: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stranger" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I was approached by a stranger on the street.

  • Example

    She felt like a stranger in her new school.

  • Example

    The town was full of strangers during the festival.

  • Example

    He was a complete stranger to me before we met.

stranger Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with stranger

  • the idea or warning that children should not talk to or go with strangers because they may be dangerous


    Parents should teach their children about stranger danger to keep them safe.

  • a person who is completely unknown to someone


    I met a perfect stranger on the train yesterday and we had a great conversation.

  • used to say that something surprising or unexpected is not impossible because other surprising things have happened before


    I know it seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

Origins of stranger

from Old English 'strangian', meaning 'to be estranged'


Summary: stranger in Brief

A 'stranger' [ˈstreɪndʒər] is someone who is not known or familiar to another person. It can refer to someone who is new to a place and has not yet been accepted by others. Examples include 'I was approached by a stranger on the street,' and 'She felt like a stranger in her new school.' Phrases include 'stranger danger,' which warns children not to talk to strangers, and 'perfect stranger,' which refers to a completely unknown person.

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