Definition of foreign
1 : situated outside a place or country; especially : situated outside one's own country foreign cities
2 : born in, belonging to, or characteristic of some place or country other than the one under consideration has a large foreign population foreign languages
3 : of, relating to, or proceeding from some other person or material thing than the one under consideration foreign aid
4 : alien in character : not connected or pertinent this design is not foreign from some people's thoughts — Jonathan Swift
5 : related to or dealing with other nations foreign trade
6a : occurring in an abnormal situation in the living body and often introduced from outside a foreign body lodged in the esophagusb : not recognized by the immune system as part of the self foreign proteins
7 : not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (such as a state) foreign corporations
foreignnessplay \ˈfȯr-ən-nəs, ˈfär-\ noun
Examples of foreign in a Sentence
They've visited several foreign countries.
We don't get many foreign visitors.
Have you studied any foreign languages?
She has a foreign accent.
the ministry of foreign affairs
Recent Examples of foreign from the Web
Knight Craft will testify Thursday before the Senate committee on foreign relations.
Six months into his presidency, foundational republican concepts remain as foreign as ever to Trump.
The broadcaster has pushed abroad to expand its international presence, with deals to buy Eurosport and other foreign programming rights.
Video by Jimmy Burch firstname.lastname@example.org To prepare for the Australia trip, a foreign junket allowed once every four years under NCAA rules, TCU teams are allowed 10 practices before facing international competition in Sydney and Melbourne.
Among them is American businessman Bill Browder, who was once the biggest foreign investor in Russia.
Though many used social media to criticize the woman, plenty of others came to her defense, highlighting the hypocrisy of this investigation when foreign women are not held to the same standards.
Trump’s tweet Monday is his clearest and most unequivocal embrace of the argument that collusion with a foreign country (much less a largely adversarial one) is standard-operating procedure.
Publicly, foreign diplomats have said that Haiti is a sovereign country when asked about their position on the re-establishment of the armed forces.
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Synonym Discussion of foreign
FOREIGN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of foreign for English Language Learners
: 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
FOREIGN Defined for Kids
Definition of foreign for Students
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 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
Legal Definition of foreign
: 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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