Adjective "alien" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Belonging to a foreign country.
  1. 'Despite numerous campaigns among players and fans to try and tackle racism, the game is still submerged in a sea of stereotypes about foreigners and alien cultures.'
  2. 'Would it matter if they were from poverty-stricken foreign lands, steeped in other religions and alien cultures?'
  3. 'The moment one of the partners is expected to give up their beliefs and to fit in with an alien culture against their will, we no longer have a healthy marriage.'
  4. 'It's easy to see why as it covers familiar territory of a disillusioned white man seeking redemption in his respect and defence of an alien culture.'
  5. 'But if anyone in Selby is genuinely concerned about being overwhelmed by alien cultures no one was saying so yesterday.'
  6. 'It's such an alien culture to our own in so many ways that I find it incredibly fascinating.'
  7. 'On her first visit to India, Justina's creative mind soon got down to depicting her perceptions of a new land and an alien culture.'
  8. 'This is blundering on foreign soil in an alien culture which they fail to grasp and arrogantly underestimate and they will ultimately pay the price of their ignorance.'
  9. 'This is to familiarise the hosts with the latest fads in styling and lifestyles and an alien culture.'
  10. 'The presentation brought alive the history, art and music of Russia, stimulating interest in alien culture.'
  11. 'What is this alien culture that threatens to infect Anglo-Americans?'
  12. 'He urged gardeners to avoid the use of exotic plants and not to plant alien flowers out in the wild or along hedgerows.'
  13. 'In this context the issue of alien plant and animal species becomes problematic.'
  14. 'It is well known that the introductions of alien species have wreaked havoc on indigenous fauna and flora worldwide.'
Unfamiliar and disturbing or distasteful.
  1. 'they found the world of further education a little alien'
  2. 'They converse in strange tongues, using words and expressions that are totally alien to me.'
  3. 'Their hopes, wishes, fears, and aspirations were not ours; their beliefs, tastes, and customs were alien to us.'
  4. 'By forming this non-political movement, the members would not be made strange or alien to power.'
  5. 'In fact, the whole act of writing anything at all feels rather strange and alien to me now.'
  6. 'The geography was utterly alien to Patrick, although his unfamiliarity with the picture could have been attributed to the gaps.'
  7. 'Drug taking is alien to most of us in society, and the photograph did show the stereotypical ‘drug taking’ scene; but is drug taking really so alien to the streets of York?'
  8. 'And the weather, so unpredictable in Melbourne at this time of the year, was cool, cloudy and therefore even more alien to the Englishman's style.'
  9. 'Tarkovsky's spirituality is profoundly alien to the west's dualism: it is earthly, earthy, as cool and clear and material as the water his camera spends so long dwelling upon.'
  10. 'It really is the case that language is a foreign substance whose alien presence in our soul is both necessary and troubling.'
  11. 'The article about our town in the tabloid on Sunday week last was negativity through and through, depicting a picture of Dungarvan that certainly is alien to me.'
Supposedly from another world; extraterrestrial.
  1. 'an alien spacecraft'
  2. 'Some believe that the crop designs are messages from alien spacecraft.'
  3. 'In other episodes, characters are inhabited by alien consciousnesses, or surgically altered so that they resemble other, alien races.'
  4. 'Darryl said he wouldn't be surprised if they also found an alien spacecraft in that cave.'
  5. 'He claimed the thing was some type of alien spacecraft.'
  6. 'The urge to laugh is almost overwhelming as the enticing conspiracy theory degenerates into ranting about reptiles and an alien race plotting to take over the world.'
  7. 'Imagine that an alien race, one that has never had contact with the human race, discovers the following items.'
  8. 'The inner workings of alien spacecraft are at last revealed!'
  9. 'Carr is a hero in the UFO literature, but his stories of flying saucers and alien creatures were all delusions.'
  10. 'How does any of us as a human being know how an alien race would think?'
  11. 'As stated above, he claims that there is a tunnel on the Moon through which alien spacecraft can pass.'


A foreigner, especially one who is not a naturalized citizen of the country where he or she is living.
  1. 'The concession should not be extended to SADC citizens as this would open a loophole for illegal aliens.'
  2. 'The prohibition is clear and unambiguous, and admits of no distinction between treatment of aliens and citizens.'
  3. 'If one cannot identify an actual immigrant from an illegal alien, the record review has to be problematic.'
  4. 'He was already targeting citizens, not only aliens, from the very beginning of his career.'
  5. 'One must assume that a significant portion of these are illegal aliens.'
  6. 'It would also make it harder for illegal aliens to seek political asylum.'
  7. 'Because he's actually not a citizen, but an illegal alien, Valle is now detained in preparation for deportation.'
  8. 'That would mean any non-U.S. citizen, even an illegal alien, would be allowed to vote if that person has a child in the public school system.'
  9. 'It was a way of reaffirming that they are aliens, not citizens.'
  10. 'I'll be talking with a leading senator who has a plan to legalize millions of illegal aliens in this country.'
  11. 'Invasive aliens, mainly weeping willows, which are the dominant species at the dam, were eradicated.'
  12. 'They caution that the impact of these aliens on other marine life has yet to be established.'
  13. 'Ordinarily, scientists gauge environmental impacts by comparing before-and-after data on species in a region invaded by an alien.'
A hypothetical or fictional being from another world.
  1. 'How will we explain this to the aliens when they land their spaceship here?'
  2. 'Near that town in New Mexico a spaceship of aliens crashed in 1947, some people say.'
  3. 'On an interstellar penal colony, a group of criminal aliens steal a spaceship and chart a course for Earth.'
  4. 'Giving the credit to aliens is selling your species short.'
  5. 'The little alien was wrapping itself around him tighter and tighter.'
  6. 'I'm a feminist science fiction critic who is married to an alien.'
  7. 'In the child's imagination, fuelled by science-fiction, the aliens are about to land.'
  8. 'When the flying saucer craze began in 1947, aliens were described as little green men.'
  9. 'When it is dug up it emits the piercing scream, signalling its discovery to the aliens.'
  10. 'A lot of people believe they've been abducted by aliens in space ships and taken away and then brought back.'


1. a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization (distinguished from citizen).

2. a foreigner.

3. a person who has been estranged or excluded.

4. a creature from outer space; extraterrestrial. adjective

5. residing under a government or in a country other than that of one's birth without having or obtaining the status of citizenship there.

6. belonging or relating to aliens: alien property.

7. unlike one's own; strange;

More examples(as adjective)

"concepts can be alien to people."

"nothings can be alien to places."

"episodes can be alien to affairs."

"concepts can be alien to places."

"worlds can be alien to people."

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Middle English: via Old French from Latin alienus ‘belonging to another’, from alius ‘other’.