Verb alien Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


alien (third-person singular simple present aliens, present participle aliening, simple past and past participle aliened)

  1. (transitive) To estrange; to alienate.
  2. (law) To transfer the ownership of something.

More definition:

1.a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization (distinguished from citizen).

2.a foreigner.

3.a person who has been estranged or excluded.

4.a creature from outer space; extraterrestrial.

5.residing under a government or in a country other than that of one's birth without having or obtaining the status of citizenship there.

6.belonging or relating to aliens, alien property.

7.unlike one's own; strange; not belonging to one, alien speech.

8.adverse; hostile; opposed (usually followed by to or from), ideas alien to modern thinking.


1. a person owing allegiance to a country other than that in which he lives; foreigner

2. any being or thing foreign to the environment in which it now exists

3. (in science fiction) a being from another world, sometimes specifically an extraterrestrial adjective

4. unnaturalized; foreign

5. having foreign allegiance, alien territory

6. unfamiliar; strange, an alien quality in a work of art

7. (postpositive) and foll by to. repugnant or opposed (to), war is alien to his philosophy

8. (in science fiction) of or from another world verb

9. (transitive) (rare) to transfer (property, etc) to another Derived Formsalienage (ˈeɪljənɪdʒ; ˈeɪlɪə-) noun Word OriginC14, from Latin aliēnus foreign, from alius otherCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-14c., "strange, foreign," from Old French alien "alien, strange, foreign; an alien, stranger, foreigner," from Latin alienus "of or belonging to another, foreign, alien, strange," also, as a noun, "a stranger, foreigner," adjectival form of alius "(an)other" (see alias). Meaning "not of the Earth" first recorded 19

20. An alien priory (c.1500) is one owing obedience to a mother abbey in a foreign country.
"foreigner, citizen of a foreign land," from alien (adj.). In the science fiction sense, from 195



His face looked pale and he rode with an alien stiffness.

Tomorrow she would meet Romas's alien-brothers and parents.

She was going home, sexy alien be damned.

She wore the alien clothing, though her stomach was starting to protrude.

It seems so alien to his nature.

To the " Malcontents " (as the Catholic party was styled) the domination of heretical sectaries appeared less tolerable than the evils attendant upon alien rule.

At this period they controlled more of the foreign and colonial trade than all the other alien merchants in London put together.

That is just so alien to me.

The deaf child who has only the sign language of De l'Epee is an intellectual Philip Nolan, an alien from all races, and his thoughts are not the thoughts of an Englishman, or a Frenchman, or a Spaniard.

He brought with him into our rearguard all the freshness of atmosphere of the French army, which was so alien to us.

Now this world disconcerted him no longer and was no longer alien to him, but he himself having entered it found in it a new enjoyment.

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