alien

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English[edit]

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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, 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
    • (Can we date this quote?), Wordsworth, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      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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alien m ‎(plural aliens)

  1. alien (extraterrestrial)

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin aliēnus.

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alien m ‎(oblique and nominative feminine singular aliene)

  1. alien; foreign; non-native
    • 11th century, La Vie de Saint Alexis, BNF manuscript 19525
      alienes terres
      foreign lands

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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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