alien 1 /'ā-lē-ən, 'āl-yən/ adj [Latin alienus not one's own, foreign]: relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government
alien 2 n: a foreign-born resident who has not been naturalized and is still a subject or citizen of a foreign country
illegal alien s
an alien admitted to the United States for permanent residenceU.S. Code
alien 3 vt: alienate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (foreign) adjective coming from another land, external, extrinsic, foreign-born, from abroad, immigrant, imported, not domestic, not indigenous, not native, not naturalized, of foreign origin, outside, unnaturalized II (unrelated) adjective detached, different, digressive, disconnected, disjoined, disrelated, dissociated, from nowhere, inappropriate, independent, insular, irrelated, no relation, not comparable, of external origin, outside, unaffiliated, unallied, unassociated, unconnected, ungermane, unrelated, without context, without relation III noun advena, alienigena, emigrant, etranger, expatriate, foreigner, immigrant, interloper, intruder, noncitizen, one excluded from some privilege, outlander, outsider, peregrinus, person coming from a foreign country, person from foreign parts, refugee, stranger IV index antipathetic (oppositional), apart, different, extraneous, extrinsic, foreign, impertinent (irrelevant), inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, incongruous, irrelative, irrelevant, nonconforming, novel, obscure (remote), peculiar (curious), repugnant (incompatible), stranger, unrelated, unusual

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A foreigner; someone born in another country who has not become a citizen of his or her country of residence.
(1) Foreign.
(2) Strange, unfamiliar.
See also resident alien

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

a person who is not a British citizen, a Commonwealth citizen, a British protected person or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. At common law, a distinction is drawn between friendly aliens and enemy aliens, with the latter comprising not only citizens of hostile states but also all others voluntarily living in enemy territory or carrying on business there; enemy aliens are subject to additional disabilities. The law is set out mainly in the British Nationality Act 1981.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A foreign-born person in the United States who has not become a U.S. citizen and is still a citizen of another country. Can refer to legal immigrants as well as undocumented (or, in common parlance, "illegal") aliens.
Category: Immigration

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 One who is not a citizen, national, or subject of a particular country.
2 One who is not a citizen, national, or subject of the country in which he resides.
3 One who is born in or owes his allegiance to a foreign country.
@ deportable alien
An alien who may be deported because she was an inadmissible alien when she entered the United States or has violated the regulations (for example, by committing a serious crime) governing the conduct of aliens who are within the country.
=>> alien.
@ illegal alien
1 An alien who enters or remains in the United States without legal authorization or by fraud.
2 An alien who marries an American citizen, but with no intention of living with his or her spouse as husband and wife, for the purpose of improperly entering the United States or avoiding deportation.
=>> alien.
@ inadmissible alien
An alien who cannot legally enter the United States. There are many reasons why an alien may be prohibited from entry, including a criminal record or poor health.
=>> alien.
@ nonresident alien
An alien who permanently resides outside the United States.
=>> alien.
@ resident alien
An alien who legally established permanent residency in the United States.
=>> alien.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A foreign-born person who has not qualified as a citizen of the country.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. a person who is not a citizen of the country.
   2) in the United States any person born in another country to parents who are not American and who has not become a naturalized citizen. There are resident aliens officially permitted to live in the country and illegal aliens who have sneaked into the country or stayed beyond the time allowed on a visa.
   3) v. to convey title to property.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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