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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Strange
  1. Belonging to another country; foreign."To seek strangestrands." [Chaucer.]"One of the strange queen's lords." [Shak.]"I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues." [Ascham.]
  2. Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic."So she, impatient her own faults to see, Turns from herself, and in strange things delights." [Sir J. Davies.]
  3. Not before known, heard, or seen; new."Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you." [Shak.]
  4. Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer."He is sick of a strangefever." [Shak.]"Sated at length, erelong I might perceive Strange alteration in me." [Milton.]
  5. Reserved; distant in deportment."She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee." [Hawthorne.]
  6. Backward; slow.(Obs)"Who, loving the effect, would not be strange In favoring the cause." [Beau. & Fl.]
  7. Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced."In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange." [Shak.]" Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow High on the Alps, or in deep caves below." [Waller.]
    synonyms: Foreign; new; outlandish; wonderful; astonishing; marvelous; unusual; odd; uncommon; irregular; queer; eccentric.

Note: Strange is often used as an exclamation.

Etymology: OE. estrange, F. étrange, fr. L. extraneus that is without, external, foreign, fr. extra on the outside. See Extra, and cf. Estrange Extraneous

adverb Strange
verb Strange
To alienate; to estrange.
verb Strange
  1. To be estranged or alienated.(Obs)
  2. To wonder; to be astonished.(Obs)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Not known before ("used many strange words" and "saw many strange faces in the crowd")
  2. 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", and "what a strange sense of humor she has")
  3. Relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world

From Middle English strange, from Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus (“that which is on the outside”), whence also more directly the English adjective extraneous. Displaced native Middle English fremd, frempt (“strange”) (from Old English fremede, fremde).

  1. (slang, uncountable) vagina

strange was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto and Old English

Notable Persons Named Strange

Strange Visitor is a comics character.


Strange was born on April 7th, 1539. He left this life on February 5th, 1610.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Strange

Stephen Vincent Strange is a comics character.


Hugo Strange is a comics character.


Luther Strange is an Attorney General of Alabama. Luther was born on March 1st, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama.


Adam Strange is a comics character.


Glenn Strange was an actor and rancher. His career lasted from 1930 to 1930. Glenn was given the name George Glenn Strange on August 16th, 1899 in Weed, New Mexico. He passed away on September 20th, 1973.


Steve Strange was a new wave music and synthpop musician. His career lasted from 1977 to 1986. Steve was given the name Stephen John Harrington on May 28th, 1959 in Newbridge, Caerphilly. He died on February 12th, 2015.


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Popularity of Strange as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Strange U.S.
  White 82.36% 64.26%
  African American 12.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.57% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Strange

People with the last name Strange are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Strange

  • How Popular is the name Strange? Strange is the 64,961st most popular name of all time. As a last name Strange was the 2,425th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Strange have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Strange in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Strange? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1993 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Strange first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Strange is Saturday, November 12th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Strange born? The highest recorded use of the first name Strange was in 1993 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Strange: Your name in reverse order is Egnarts. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Easgrnt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Strange? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,948 people with the last name Strange.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Strange? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Strange as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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