Alien meaning

ālē-ən, ālyən
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Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange.
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A person who is not included in a group; an outsider.
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Dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed, as in nature.

Emotions alien to her temperament.

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To transfer (property) to another; alienate.
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Alien is defined as a resident from another country who does not have citizenship in the country of residence.

A person from the United States living in Italy without citizenship is an example of an alien.

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A creature from outer space.

Science fiction about an invasion of aliens.

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Strange; not natural.

Cruel words alien to his lips.

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An organism, especially a plant or animal, that occurs in or is naturalized in a region to which it is not native.
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Belonging to another country or people; foreign.
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Opposed or repugnant.

Beliefs alien to one's religion.

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To transfer (land, property, etc.)
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Of aliens.
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A foreigner.
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A foreign-born resident in a country who has not become a naturalized citizen.
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An outsider.
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In science fiction, a being in or from outer space and not native to the Earth; extraterrestrial.
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Introduced to a region deliberately or accidentally by humans. Starlings, German cockroaches, and dandelions are species that are alien to North America but have become widely naturalized in the continent.
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One who is not a citizen, national, or subject of a particular country.
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One who is not a citizen, national, or subject of the country in which he resides.
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One who is born in or owes his allegiance to a foreign country.
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An alien who may be deported because she was an inadmissible alien when she entered the United States or has violated the regulations (for example, by committing a serious crime) governing the conduct of aliens who are within the country.
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An alien who enters or remains in the United States without legal authorization or by fraud.
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An alien who marries an American citizen, but with no intention of living with his or her spouse as husband and wife, for the purpose of improperly entering the United States or avoiding deportation.
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An alien who cannot legally enter the United States. There are many reasons why an alien may be prohibited from entry, including a criminal record or poor health.
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An alien who permanently resides outside the United States.
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An alien who legally established permanent residency in the United States.
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A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
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A foreigner residing in a country.
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Any life form of extraterrestrial origin.
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One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged.
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Pertaining to an alien.
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Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign.

Alien subjects, enemies, property, or shores.

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Principles alien to our religion.

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(law) To transfer the ownership of something.
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Alien means different, generally to the point of incompatibility.

The idea of multiple gods is an example of something that is alien to many monotheistic people.

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The definition of alien is residing in a country without having residency there.

A person living in Ireland without having citizenship there is alien.

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Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign.

Alien residents.

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An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country.
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A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
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Origin of alien

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin aliēnus from alius other al-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French alien, aliene, from Latin aliēnus (“belonging to someone else, later exotic, foreign”), from alius (“other”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos.

    From Wiktionary