Stranger vs Family - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between stranger and family

is that stranger is (strange) while family is suitable for children and adults.

As nouns the difference between stranger and family

is that stranger is a person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance while family is (lb) a group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood or marriage); for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.

As a verb stranger

is (obsolete|transitive) to estrange; to alienate.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (strange)
  • * Truth is stranger than fiction. (English proverb)
  • Derived terms

    * See strange


    (en noun)
  • A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
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  • *:In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  • An outsider or foreigner.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I am a most poor woman and a stranger , / Born out of your dominions.
  • * (1666-1735)
  • *:Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, / And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
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  • A newcomer.
  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=[…] St.?Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger' s mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.}}
  • (lb) One who has not been seen for a long time.
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  • (lb) One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:To honour and receive / Our heavenly stranger .
  • (lb) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right.
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  • Synonyms

    * (person whom one does not know) * alien, foreigner, foreign national, non-national/nonnational, non-resident/nonresident, outsider * (newcomer) newbie, newcomer


    * (person whom one does not know) acquaintance, friend * compatriot, countryman, fellow citizen, fellow countryman, national, resident * (newcomer)

    Derived terms

    * be no stranger to * don't be a stranger * stranger danger

    See also

    * myall


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To estrange; to alienate.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * granters




  • (lb) A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood or marriage); for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.
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  • *:Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family' perhaps at a critical moment, when the ' family is just assuming the robes of respectability:it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty
  • , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=America’s poverty line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the poverty barrier. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 ([…]): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}
  • (lb) An extended family; a group of people who are related to one another by blood or marriage.
  • *1915', William T. Groves, ''A History and Genealogy of the Groves '''Family in America
  • (lb) A (close-knit) group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom, especially if they live or work together.
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  • A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
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  • *:The closest affinities of the Jubulaceae are with the Lejeuneaceae. The two families share in common: a elaters usually 1-spiral, trumpet-shaped and fixed to the capsule valves, distally.
  • (lb) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.
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  • A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production.
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  • A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
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  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}

    Usage notes

    * In some dialects, (family) is used as a plurale tantum.


    * see also * see also nuclear family, immediate family, extended family

    Derived terms

    * family of curves (matematics)


  • Suitable for children and adults.
  • It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant.
    Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.
  • Conservative, traditional.
  • The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.
  • (slang) Homosexual.
  • I knew he was family when I first met him.

    Derived terms

    * baby of the family * blended family * extended family * family affair * family business * family dissident * family doctor * family heirloom * family history * family jewels * family leave * family man * family medicine * family name * family planning * family rebel * family rebellion * family restaurant * family reunion * family tree * family values * first family * foster family * framily * immediate family * in a family way * keep it in the family * language family * nuclear family * royal family

    See also