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alien - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'alien' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Alien [ a.]
- Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign; as, alien subjects, enemies, property, shores.
- Wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent (with); incongruous; -- followed by from or sometimes by to; as, principles alien from our religion.
2 . Alien [ n.]
- A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See Alienage.
- One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged; as, aliens from God's mercies.
3 . Alien [ v. t.]
- To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.

Meaning of 'alien' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . alien [ v]
Meaning (1):
- transfer property or ownership
Example in sentence:
  • The will aliened the property to the heirs
2 . alien [ s]
Meaning (2):
- being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
Example in sentence:
  • alien customs;
  • exotic cuisine;
  • exotic plants in a greenhouse
Meaning (3):
- not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
Example in sentence:
  • an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism;
  • jealousy is foreign to her nature;
  • the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper