Aquaintance vs Stranger - What's the difference?

aquaintance | stranger |

As nouns the difference between aquaintance and stranger

is that aquaintance is while stranger is a person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.

As an adjective stranger is


As a verb stranger is

(obsolete|transitive) to estrange; to alienate.




(en noun)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1560, author=Peter Whitehorne, title=Machiavelli, Volume I, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And you must consider that this auctoritie, is gotten either by nature, or by accidente: and as to nature, it behoveth to provide, that he which is boren in one place, be not apoincted to the men billed in the same, but be made hedde of those places, where he hath not any naturall aquaintance . }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1614, author=Sir Thomas Overbury, title=Character Writings of the 17th Century, chapter=Characters, year_published=1891 citation
  • , passage=He entereth young men into aquaintance with debt-books. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1886, author=, title=The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Yet in the Ignatian letters there is not the faintest aquaintance with the man or his teaching. }}




  • (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.
  • :
  • *
  • *: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.
  • *1961', : “”
  • 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.
  • :
  • (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.
  • :
  • 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