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
Toronto introduced its own foreign buyer tax this year and the International Monetary Fund said this week more could be done to prevent a dangerous unwinding of prices amid bloated consumer debt levels.
But AP Fact Checks have spotted some tall tales in his rhetoric during his first foreign trip since taking office.
A single investor putting that big a commitment into one private equity fund is atypical, and would essentially have a foreign government profit from fees like toll roads.
Mr. Kushner, who organized the president’s Middle East stops at the start of the foreign trip, chose to return to Washington with several days to go and has been unusually subdued since then.
Foreign demand is also strong in markets such as Mexico, China and Japan, and hog farms and processors are becoming more productive.
Adam Entous writes about national security, foreign policy and intelligence for The Post.
That’s because like other presidents before him, Trump’s initial preoccupation with domestic issues is likely to move to foreign affairs, where the White House has more power to act.
Certain components, such as LCD displays for tank crews, are not made domestically and must be imported from foreign sources.
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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
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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