foreigner

noun
for·​eign·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce foreigner (audio) , ˈfär-\

Definition of foreigner

1 : a person belonging to or owing allegiance to a foreign country
2 chiefly dialectal : one not native to a place or community : stranger sense 1c

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Synonyms & Antonyms for foreigner

Synonyms

nonnative, outlander, outsider, stranger

Antonyms

native

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Examples of foreigner in a Sentence

I can tell by your accent you're a foreigner in these parts.

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa drew boos from the crowd, as a result of the recent attacks in Johannesburg on foreigners, including Zimbabweans. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019 Aaron Motsoaledi, then the health minister, blamed overcrowded hospitals and the spread of infectious diseases on foreigners. The Economist, "Xenophobic violence flares in South Africa," 9 Sep. 2019 Medical tourism has been around for decades but has become more common in the past 20 years as more countries and hospitals around the world market themselves to foreigners. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "U.S. company pays to send patients to Mexican resort town for much cheaper surgeries," 18 Aug. 2019 Medical tourism has been around for decades but has become more common in the past 20 years as more countries and hospitals around the world market themselves to foreigners. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 Every week, church officials put up a new message on the marquee outside the building at 3131 Osceola St. In response to recent anti-immigrant sentiment, church leaders decided to use the sign to welcome to foreigners. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Denver church’s sign supporting immigrants vandalized, but congregation isn’t backing down," 24 July 2019 The new law, if passed, would apply to foreigners too. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Photos: What Hong Kong’s hundreds of thousands of protesters want now," 16 June 2019 About 15% of the inhabitants here are foreigners, but the international community has for years neglected the camp. Arwa Damon And Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "A forgotten camp in Syria could be the birthplace of ISIS' revenge generation," 12 Sep. 2019 The vast majority are foreigners, but according to the government, there are roughly 4,600 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents on the watchlist as of 2017. CBS News, "Judge rules that terror watchlist violates constitutional rights," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of foreigner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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foreigner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foreigner

: a person who is from a country that is not your own

foreigner

noun
for·​eign·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce foreigner (audio) \

Kids Definition of foreigner

: a person who is from a foreign country

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