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adjective alien pronunciation in British English /ˈeɪliən/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] from a different country, race, or culture
    Under the programme, alien workers can enter the US.
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  2. 3
    completely different from what you usually do, feel, or know
    They found the new management culture alien and puzzling.
    alien to: The concept is totally alien to her.

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