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Dictionary Definition

strange adj
1 being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has" [syn: unusual] [ant: familiar]
2 not known before; "used many strange words"; "saw many strange faces in the crowd"; "don't let anyone unknown into the house" [syn: unknown]
3 not at ease or comfortable; "felt strange among so many important people"

User Contributed Dictionary



From estrange, from extraneus, a thing outside


  • , /streɪndʒ/, /streIndZ/


  1. Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
    He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
  2. Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
    I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
  3. Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
    • 2004: A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark. — Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2004, p. 93)

Related terms


not normal
not yet part of one’s experience
  • Finnish: outo, tuntematon
  • French: inconnu, inconnue
  • Hungarian: ismeretlen, idegen
in quantum mechanics
  • Finnish: outo
  • German: seltsam
  • Italian: strano
  • Polish: dziwny
  • Russian: странный
  • Spanish: extraño




Extensive Definition

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strange in German: Strange
strange in French: Strange

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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