Definition of “stranger” - English Dictionary

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“stranger” in British English

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strangernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstreɪn.dʒər/ us /ˈstreɪn.dʒɚ/

B1 someone you do not know:

My mother always warned me not to talk to strangers.
I'd never met anyone at the party before - they were complete strangers.
Note: Do not confuse with foreigner (= a person from another country).

A stranger in a particular place is someone who has never been there before:

Do you know the way to the bus station, or are you a stranger here too?

More examples

  • He had the eerie feeling that he had met this stranger before.
  • She's dreaming she'll be whisked off her feet by a tall, dark handsome stranger.
  • I was propositioned by a complete stranger.
  • It can be difficult to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.
  • He went up to a complete stranger and started talking.

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

“stranger” in American English

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strangernoun [ C ]

us /ˈstreɪn·dʒər/

someone not known or not familiar:

After being away so long, my sister seemed like a stranger.

A stranger in a particular place is someone who has never been there before:

Sorry, I can’t direct you – I’m a stranger here myself.

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