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ALIEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alien mean? 

ALIEN (noun)
  The noun ALIEN has 3 senses:

1. a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
2. anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
3. a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere

  Familiarity information: ALIEN used as a noun is uncommon.


ALIEN (adjective)
  The adjective ALIEN has 2 senses:

1. not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
2. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world

  Familiarity information: ALIEN used as an adjective is rare.


ALIEN (verb)
  The verb ALIEN has 2 senses:

1. transfer property or ownership
2. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

  Familiarity information: ALIEN used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALIEN (noun)


Sense 1alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

outlander; noncitizen; foreigner; alien

Hypernyms ("alien" is a kind of...):

traveler; traveller (a person who changes location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alien"):

au pair (a young foreigner who lives with a family in return for doing light housework)

deportee; exile (expelled from home or country by authority)

gringo (a Latin American (disparaging) term for foreigners (especially Americans and Englishmen))

import; importee (an imported person brought from a foreign country)

metic (an alien who paid a fee to reside in an ancient Greek city)


Sense 2alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

stranger; alien; unknown

Hypernyms ("alien" is a kind of...):

interloper; intruder; trespasser (someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alien"):

foreigner; outsider (someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group)


Sense 3alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

extraterrestrial; extraterrestrial being; alien

Hypernyms ("alien" is a kind of...):

hypothetical creature (a creature that has not been observed but is hypothesized to exist)


ALIEN (adjective)


Sense 1alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something

Synonyms:

alien; foreign

Context examples:

an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism / the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper / jealousy is foreign to her nature

Similar:

extrinsic (not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside)


Sense 2alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world

Synonyms:

exotic; alien

Context examples:

alien customs / exotic plants in a greenhouse / exotic cuisine

Similar:

foreign; strange (relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world)


ALIEN (verb)


Sense 1alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Transfer property or ownership

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

alien; alienate

Context example:

The will aliened the property to the heirs

Hypernyms (to "alien" is one way to...):

transfer (cause to change ownership)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2alien [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

alienate; disaffect; estrange; alien

Context example:

She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious

Hypernyms (to "alien" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "alien"):

drift apart; drift away (lose personal contact over time)

wean (detach the affections of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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