- An example of strange is a city someone is visiting for the first time.
- An example of strange is food that a person hasn't eaten before.
The definition of strange is an unfamiliar or unusual person, place or thing.
- of another place or locality; foreign; alien
- not previously known, seen, heard, or experienced; unfamiliar
- quite unusual or uncommon; extraordinary
- queer; peculiar; odd
- Archaic reserved, distant, or cold in manner
- lacking experience; unaccustomed: a new employee who is strange to the job
Origin of strangeMiddle English from Old French estrange from Classical Latin extraneus, extraneous
in a strange manner
- a. Not previously known; unfamiliar: saw lots of strange faces at the reception; heard music that was strange to me.b. Not of one's own or a particular locality, environment, or kind; not native: came across a flower that was strange to the region.
- Out of the ordinary or difficult to account for; unusual or peculiar: Events took a strange twist last week.
- a. Reserved in manner; distant or cool: The once affable man slowly became strange to his friends.b. Not comfortable or at ease: I felt strange and out of place at the party because I didn't know any of the guests.
- Not accustomed or conditioned: She was strange to her new duties.
- Physics Of, relating to, or exhibiting strangeness.
In a strange manner: He's been acting strange lately.
Origin of strangeMiddle English from Old French estrange extraordinary, foreign from Latin extrāneus adventitious, foreign from extrā outside from feminine ablative of exter outward ; see eghs in Indo-European roots.
strange peculiar odd queer quaint outlandish singular eccentric curious
These adjectives describe what deviates from the usual or customary. Strange refers especially to what is unfamiliar, unknown, or inexplicable: All summer I traveled through strange lands. Peculiar particularly describes what is distinct from all others: Cloves have a peculiar aromatic odor. Something that is odd or queer fails to accord with what is ordinary, usual, or expected; both terms can suggest strangeness or peculiarity: I find it odd that his name is never mentioned. “Now, my suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose” (J.B.S. Haldane). Quaint refers to pleasing or old-fashioned peculiarity: “the quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities” (Winston Churchill). Outlandish suggests alien or bizarre strangeness: The partygoers wore outlandish costumes. Singular describes what is unique or unparalleled; the term often suggests a quality that arouses curiosity or wonder: Such poise is singular in one so young. Eccentric refers particularly to what is strange and departs strikingly from the conventional: His musical compositions were innovative but eccentric. Curious suggests strangeness that excites interest: Americans living abroad often acquire a curious hybrid accent.See Also Synonyms at foreign.
- A surname.