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 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) <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
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
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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