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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: estrangier, from estrange; STRANGE1

stranger

noun
     
strang‧er [countable]
1 someone that you do not know:
Children must not talk to strangers.
perfect/complete/total stranger (=used to emphasize that you do not know them)
Julie finds it easy to speak to complete strangers.
! Do not use stranger to mean 'a person from another country'. Use foreigner or, more politely, 'a person from abroad/overseas '.
2

be no stranger to something

to have had a lot of a particular kind of experience:
a politician who is no stranger to controversy
3 someone in a new and unfamiliar place:
'Where's the station?' 'Sorry, I'm a stranger here myself.'
4

Hello, stranger!

spoken used to greet someone who you have not seen for a long time
5

don't be a stranger!

spoken used when someone is leaving to invite them back to see you soon

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