Strange a. [Compar. Stranger superl. Strangest ]
1. Belonging to another country; foreign. “To seek strange strands.”
One of the strange queen's lords. --Shak.
I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues. --Ascham.
2. Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic.
So she, impatient her own faults to see,
Turns from herself, and in strange things delights. --Sir J. Davies.
3. Not before known, heard, or seen; new.
Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you. --Shak.
4. Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer. “He is sick of a strange fever.”
Sated at length, erelong I might perceive
Strange alteration in me. --Milton.
5. Reserved; distant in deportment.
She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee. --Hawthorne.
6. Backward; slow. [Obs.]
Who, loving the effect, would not be strange
In favoring the cause. --Beau. & Fl.
7. Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange. --Shak.
Note: ☞ Strange is often used as an exclamation.
Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow
High on the Alps, or in deep caves below. --Waller.
Strange sail Naut., an unknown vessel.
Strange woman Script., a harlot. --Prov. v. 3.
To make it strange. (a) To assume ignorance, suspicion, or alarm, concerning it. --Shak. (b) To make it a matter of difficulty. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
To make strange, To make one's self strange. (a) To profess ignorance or astonishment. (b) To assume the character of a stranger. --Gen. xlii. 7.
Syn: -- Foreign; new; outlandish; wonderful; astonishing; marvelous; unusual; odd; uncommon; irregular; queer; eccentric.
1. One who is strange, foreign, or unknown. Specifically: --
(a) One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner.
I am a most poor woman and a stranger,
Born out of your dominions. --Shak.
(b) One whose home is at a distance from the place where he is, but in the same country.
(c) One who is unknown or unacquainted; as, the gentleman is a stranger to me; hence, one not admitted to communication, fellowship, or acquaintance.
Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear,
And strangers to the sun yet ripen here. --Granville.
My child is yet a stranger in the world. --Shak.
I was no stranger to the original. --Dryden.
2. One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
To honor and receive
Our heavenly stranger. --Milton.
3. Law One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right; as, actual possession of land gives a good title against a stranger having no title; as to strangers, a mortgage is considered merely as a pledge; a mere stranger to the levy.
Stran·ger, v. t. To estrange; to alienate. [Obs.]
n : anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they
are found [syn: alien, unknown]
This word generally denotes a person from a foreign land
residing in Palestine. Such persons enjoyed many privileges in
common with the Jews, but still were separate from them. The
relation of the Jews to strangers was regulated by special laws
(Deut. 23:3; 24:14-21; 25:5; 26:10-13). A special signification
is also sometimes attached to this word. In Gen. 23:4 it denotes
one resident in a foreign land; Ex. 23:9, one who is not a Jew;
Num. 3:10, one who is not of the family of Aaron; Ps. 69:8, an
alien or an unknown person. The Jews were allowed to purchase
strangers as slaves (Lev. 25:44, 45), and to take usury from
them (Deut. 23:20).