Alien - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeɪliən|  American pronunciation of the word alien
Brit.  |ˈeɪlɪən|  British pronunciation of the word alien


- a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country (syn: foreigner, noncitizen, outlander)
- anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found (syn: stranger, unknown)
- a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere (syn: extraterrestrial)


- transfer property or ownership(syn: alienate)


- not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something(syn: foreign)
- being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world(syn: exotic)

Examples immigrants with customs alien to the community where they have settled...'s completely alien to her nature to wish evil of anyone...

aliens seeking asylum in the U.S.

He claims that he was captured by space aliens.

...such emotional cruelty will rapidly alien any friends you might possibly have left...

...the couple plans to alien the adjoining house lot to their eldest son...

the alien environment of the city

a way of life that is totally alien to us

It's alien to my thoughts.

The will aliened the property to the heirs

an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism

...we were duped into thinking the dummy was a real alien...

...some fruitcake who insisted that he was an alien from another planet...

An alien and uncomprehending Jumble world.

a story about alien beings who invade Earth

Word forms

singular: alien
plural: aliens
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