alien

[[t]e͟ɪliən[/t]]
aliens
1) ADJ: usu ADJ n (disapproval) Alien means belonging to a different country, race, or group, usually one you do not like or are frightened of. [FORMAL]

He said they were opposed to what he described as the presence of alien forces in the region.

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2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n You use alien to describe something that seems strange and perhaps frightening, because it is not part of your normal experience.

His work offers an insight into an alien culture.

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3) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ to n If something is alien to you or to your normal feelings or behaviour, it is not the way you would normally feel or behave. [FORMAL]

Such an attitude is alien to most businessmen.

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4) N-COUNT An alien is someone who is not a legal citizen of the country in which they live. [LEGAL or, FORMAL]

Both women had hired illegal aliens for child care...

When war broke out, he was interned as an enemy alien.

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5) N-COUNT In science fiction, an alien is a creature from outer space.

English dictionary. 2008.

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