The Alternative English Dictionary: alien

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alien {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: alyaunte (15th-16th centuries) etymology Old French alien, aliene, from Latin aliēnus, from alius, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos 〈*h₂élyos〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪ.li.ən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
  2. A foreigner residing in a country.
    • 1773, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the laws of England: in four books, Volume 1 (Fifth Edition), page 372 An alien born may purchase lands, or other estates: but not for his own use; for the king is thereupon entitled to them.
    • 1831, John Marshall, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, U.S. Government The counsel have shown conclusively that they are not a state of the union, and have insisted that individually they are aliens, not owing allegiance to the United States.
    • 2004, Wesley Campbell, Stephen Court, Be a hero: the battle for mercy and social justice, Destiny Image Publishers, page 74 Aliens are aliens because of persecution or war or hardship or famine.
  3. Any life form of extraterrestrial origin.
  4. One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged.
    • Bible, Ephes. ii. 12 Aliens from the common wealth of Israel.
Synonyms: fremd, See also
related terms:
  • alienage
  • space alien
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to an alien.
  2. Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign. alien subjects, enemies, property, or shores
  3. Very unfamiliar, strange, or removed. principles alien to our religion
    • Wordsworth An alien sound of melancholy.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To estrange; to alienate.
  2. (legal) To transfer the ownership of something.
Alternative forms: aliene
  • aline, Aline, A-line, anile, laine, linea

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