Meaning of “strange” in the English Dictionary

"strange" in British English

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uk /streɪndʒ/ us /streɪndʒ/

strange adjective (UNUSUAL)

A2 unusual and unexpected, or difficult to understand:

He has some very strange ideas about women!
You say the strangest things sometimes.
I had a strange feeling that we'd met before.
It's strange that tourists almost never visit this village.
That's strange - I'm sure I put my glasses in my bag, but they're not there.
feel strange

to feel uncomfortable and not normal or correct:

I hope that fish was all right - my stomach feels a little strange .

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  • Can you hear that strange clicking noise?
  • By some strange coincidence, he was passing the house just when it happened.
  • When I met her, I had a strange feeling of déjà vu.
  • She's developed some very strange habits lately.
  • She gave me a strange look.

strange adjective (NOT FAMILIAR)

B1 not known or familiar:

I don't accept rides from strange men.
With so many strange faces around her, the baby started to cry.
I've never been here before either, so it's all strange to me too.

More examples

  • A strange figure appeared in the doorway, clad in white.
  • I found myself in a strange country.
  • Who are these strange people?
  • Their customs are strange to me.
  • They gave her a strange brew to drink.

(Definition of “strange” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strange" in American English

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strangeadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /streɪndʒ/

strange adjective [ -er/-est only ] (UNUSUAL)

not familiar, or difficult to understand; different:

We kept hearing strange noises coming from the attic.
I had a strange feeling that we had met before.
That’s strange – I thought I had locked this door when we left.

strange adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT FAMILIAR)

not known or familiar:

I really don’t like strange people coming to my door.

(Definition of “strange” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)