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foreign

adjective for·eign \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
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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

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

FOREIGNNESS Defined for Kids

foreign

adjective for·eign \ˈfr-ən\

Definition of FOREIGN for Kids

1
:  located outside of a place or country and especially outside of a person's own country <a foreign nation>
2
:  belonging to a place or country other than the one under consideration <Do you speak a foreign language?>
3
:  relating to or having to do with other nations <foreign trade>
4
:  not normally belonging or wanted where found <foreign material in food>
Medical Dictionary

foreign

adjective for·eign \ˈfr-ən, ˈfär-\

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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