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alien

adjective uk   us   /ˈeɪ.li.ən/
coming from a different country, race, or group: an alien culture
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strange and not familiar: When I first went to New York, it all felt very alien to me. [before noun] relating to creatures from another planet: an alien spacecraft

alien

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈeɪ.li.ən/
specialized law someone who lives in a country of which they are not a legal citizen : When war broke out the government rounded up thousands of aliens and put them in temporary camps. a creature from a different planet
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