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Webster 1913 Edition


Alien

Al′ien

,
Adj.
[OF.
alien
, L.
alienus
, fr.
alius
another; properly, therefore, belonging to another. See
Else
.]
1.
Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign;
as,
alien
subjects, enemies, property, shores
.
2.
Wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent (with); incongruous; – followed by from or sometimes by to;
as, principles
alien
from our religion
.
An
alien
sound of melancholy.
Wordsworth.
Alien enemy
(Law)
,
one who owes allegiance to a government at war with ours.
Abbott.

Al′ien

,
Noun.
1.
A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See
Alienage
.
2.
One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged;
as,
aliens
from God’s mercies
.
Aliens
from the common wealth of Israel.
Ephes. ii. 12.

Al′ien

,
Verb.
T.
[F.
aliéner
, L.
alienare
.]
To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.
[R.]
“It the son alien lands.”
Sir M. Hale.
The prince was totally
aliened
from all thoughts of . . . the marriage.
Clarendon.

Webster 1828 Edition


Alien

A'LIEN

,
Adj.
alyen, [L. alienus, from alius, another. L. alieno, to alienate; alter, another, to altercate.]
1.
Foreign; not belonging to the same country, land or government.
2.
Belonging to one who is not a citizen.
3.
Estranged; foreign; not allied; adverse to; as, principles alien from our religion.

A'LIEN

,
Noun.
alyen.
1.
A foreigner; one born in, or belonging to, another country; one who is not a denizen, or entitled to the privileges of a citizen.
2.
In scripture, one who is a stranger to the church of Christ, or to the covenant of grace.
At that time, ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. Eph. 2.
In France, a child born of residents who are not citizens, is an alien. In Great Britain, the children of aliens born in that country, are mostly natural born subjects; and the children of British subjects, owing allegiance to the crown of England, though born in other countries, are natural subjects, and entitled to the privileges or resident citizens.
Alien-duty, a tax upon goods imported by aliens, beyond the duty on the like goods imported by citizens; a discriminating duty on the tonnage of ships belonging to aliens, or any extra duties imposed by laws or edicts on aliens.

Definition 2022


Alien

Alien

See also: alien and alíen

Finnish

Proper noun

Alien

  1. genitive plural of Ali

alien

alien

See also: Alien and alíen

English

Alternative forms

Noun

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.

Synonyms

  • fremd
  • See also Wikisaurus:extraterrestrial

Related terms

Translations

Adjective

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 title of the work):
      An alien sound of melancholy.

Translations

Verb

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.

Alternative forms

Anagrams


French

Pronunciation

Noun

alien m (plural aliens)

  1. alien (extraterrestrial)

Old French

Etymology

Latin aliēnus.

Adjective

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

Declension

Noun

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

  1. alien (a non-native)

Declension


Portuguese

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈa.li.ẽj̃/

Noun

alien m (plural aliens)

  1. alien; extraterrestrial life form

Synonyms