- The definition of strange is an unfamiliar or unusual person, place or thing.
- 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.
- 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: strange to the job
Origin of strangeMiddle English ; from Old French estrange ; from Classical Latin extraneus, extraneous
- 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.
- A surname.