foreign


for·eign

adjective \ˈfr-ən, ˈfär-\

: located outside a particular place or country and especially outside your own country

: coming from or belonging to a different place or country

: relating to or dealing with other nations

Full Definition of FOREIGN

1
:  situated outside a place or country; especially :  situated outside one's own country
2
:  born in, belonging to, or characteristic of some place or country other than the one under consideration
3
:  of, relating to, or proceeding from some other person or material thing than the one under consideration
4
:  alien in character :  not connected or pertinent
5
:  related to or dealing with other nations
6
a :  occurring in an abnormal situation in the living body and often introduced from outside <a foreign body lodged in the esophagus>
b :  not recognized by the immune system as part of the self <foreign proteins>
7
:  not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (as a state)
for·eign·ness \-ən-nəs\ noun

Examples of FOREIGN

  1. They've visited several foreign countries.
  2. We don't get many foreign visitors.
  3. Have you studied any foreign languages?
  4. She has a foreign accent.
  5. the ministry of foreign affairs

Origin of FOREIGN

Middle English forein, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin foranus on the outside, from Latin foris outside — more at forum
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with FOREIGN

for·eign

adjective \ˈfr-ən, ˈfär-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FOREIGN

1
: occurring in an abnormal situation in the living body and often introduced from outside <a foreign body lodged in the esophagus>
2
: not recognized by the immune system as part of the self <foreign proteins>

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