foreign-born

adjective

for·​eign-born ˌfȯr-ən-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce foreign-born (audio)
ˌfär-
: foreign by birth

Examples of foreign-born in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So in 1910, the United States percentage of foreign-born was 14.7%. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Myers: The majority of our fans are located outside the U.S., and 25% of our players are foreign-born. Josh Glicksman, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 More than 37 percent of meat and poultry workers are foreign-born, according to estimates by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 Nearly 29 percent of the city’s population is foreign-born, which exceeds local, state and national averages, according to census data. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Nearly 23 percent of San Diego County residents were immigrants or foreign-born as of 2021, and nearly two-thirds of those lived in North County, Census data shows. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2023 The sprawling borough is home to bubbling Colombian seafood stews, sizzling Korean barbecue, fresh Greek pastries, and so much more. October 13, 2023 Queens is one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., and 47 percent of residents are foreign-born. Caroline Shin, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2023 One in 5 people in California is foreign-born, and there is a persistent lack of polling data about this population. Helen Li, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 The data also show that nearly a third of residents are foreign-born, a share that is almost double the statewide average. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foreign-born was in 1692

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“Foreign-born.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign-born. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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