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foreign

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adjective for·eign \ˈfȯr-ən, ˈfär-\

Simple Definition of foreign

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of foreign

  1. 1 :  situated outside a place or country; especially :  situated outside one's own country

  2. 2 :  born in, belonging to, or characteristic of some place or country other than the one under consideration

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or proceeding from some other person or material thing than the one under consideration

  4. 4 :  alien in character :  not connected or pertinent

  5. 5 :  related to or dealing with other nations

  6. 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. 7 :  not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (as a state)

foreignness

play \-ən-nəs\ noun

Examples of foreign in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of foreign

extrinsic, extraneous, foreign, alien mean external to a thing, its essential nature, or its original character. extrinsic applies to what is distinctly outside the thing in question or is not contained in or derived from its essential nature <sentimental value that is extrinsic to the house's market value>. extraneous applies to what is on or comes from the outside and may or may not be capable of becoming an essential part <arguments extraneous to the issue>. foreign applies to what is so different as to be rejected or repelled or to be incapable of becoming assimilated <techniques foreign to French cuisine>. alien is stronger than foreign in suggesting opposition, repugnance, or irreconcilability <a practice totally alien to her nature>.

Rhymes with foreign



FOREIGN Defined for Kids

foreign

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adjective for·eign \ˈfȯr-ən\

Definition of foreign for Students

  1. 1 :  located outside of a place or country and especially outside of a person's own country <a foreign nation>

  2. 2 :  belonging to a place or country other than the one under consideration <Do you speak a foreign language?>

  3. 3 :  relating to or having to do with other nations <foreign trade>

  4. 4 :  not normally belonging or wanted where found <foreign material in food>




Medical Dictionary

foreign

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adjective for·eign \ˈfȯr-ən, ˈfär-\

Medical Definition of foreign

  1. 1:  occurring in an abnormal situation in the living body and often introduced from outside <a foreign body lodged in the esophagus>

  2. 2:  not recognized by the immune system as part of the self <foreign proteins>




Law Dictionary

foreign

adjective for·eign

Legal Definition of foreign

  1. :  not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (as a state); especially :  being from or in a state other than the one in which a matter is being considered <a foreign company doing business in South Carolina> <a foreign executor submitting to the jurisdiction of this court> <a foreign judgment> — compare domestic





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