- 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: Middle English from Old French estrange from Classical Latin extraneus, extraneous
- strangely adverb
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adjective strang·er, strang·est
- Not previously known; unfamiliar.
- a. Out of the ordinary; unusual or striking.b. Differing from the normal.
- Not of one's own or a particular locality, environment, or kind; exotic.
- a. Reserved in manner; distant.b. Not comfortable or at ease; constrained.
- Not accustomed or conditioned: She was strange to her new duties.
- Archaic Of, relating to, or characteristic of another place or part of the world; foreign.
Origin: Middle 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.
- strangeˈly adverb