foreign

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adjective for·eign \ˈfȯr-ən, ˈfär-\

Definition of foreign

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

  2. 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. 3 :  of, relating to, or proceeding from some other person or material thing than the one under consideration foreign aid

  4. 4 :  alien in character :  not connected or pertinent this design is not foreign from some people's thoughts — Jonathan Swift

  5. 5 :  related to or dealing with other nations foreign trade

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

foreignness

play \ˈfȯr-ən-nəs, ˈfär-\ 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

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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

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


FOREIGN Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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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