alien

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Etymology[edit]

Old French alien, aliene, from Latin aliēnus (belonging to someone else, later exotic, foreign), from alius (other), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos.

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alien (plural aliens)

  1. A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
  2. A foreigner residing in a country.
    • 1773, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the laws of England: in four books, Volume 1 (Fifth Edition), page 372
      An alien born may purchase lands, or other estates: but not for his own use; for the king is thereupon entitled to them.
    • 1831, John Marshall, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, U.S. Government
      The counsel have shown conclusively that they are not a state of the union, and have insisted that individually they are aliens, not owing allegiance to the United States.
    • 2004, Wesley Campbell, Stephen Court, Be a hero: the battle for mercy and social justice, Destiny Image Publishers, page 74
      Aliens are aliens because of persecution or war or hardship or famine.
  3. Any life form of extraterrestrial origin.
  4. One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged.
    • Bible, Ephes. ii. 12
      Aliens from the common wealth of Israel.

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alien (comparative more alien, superlative most alien)

  1. Pertaining to an alien.
  2. Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign.
    alien subjects, enemies, property, or shores
  3. Very unfamiliar, strange, or removed.
    principles alien to our religion
    • Wordsworth
      An alien sound of melancholy.

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Verb[edit]

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.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin aliēnus.

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alien m

  1. alien; foreign; non-native

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alien m (oblique plural aliens, nominative singular aliens, nominative plural alien)

  1. alien (a non-native)

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Etymology[edit]

From English alien (extraterrestrial life form), from Old French alien, aliene, from Latin aliēnus (foreign), from alius (other), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos.

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alien m (plural aliens)

  1. alien; extraterrestrial life form

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