- The definition of estranged is separated or in a distant relationship.
An example of estranged used as an adjective is in the phrase an "estranged sibling" which means a sibling that someone hasn't spoken to in a long time.
- simple past tense and past participle of estrange
- She estranged her husband by not talking to him for over a year.
(comparative more estranged, superlative most estranged)
- Having become a stranger, of one who formerly was close, as a relative, friend, lover, or spouse.
A relatively formal term, the more colloquial alternative is “to not talk”, as in “I don’t talk to my mother”. A semi-formal alternative is not on speaking terms.
Variant of estrange
transitive verbestranged, estranging
- to remove, as from usual surroundings or associates; keep apart or away
- to turn (a person) from an affectionate or friendly attitude to an indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile one; alienate the affections of
Origin of estrangeOld French estranger, to remove ; from Medieval Latin extraneare, to treat as a stranger ; from Classical Latin extraneus, strange