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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Examples of foreigner in a Sentence

I can tell by your accent you're a foreigner in these parts.
Recent Examples on the Web We can no longer be called the perpetual foreigner., 3 Nov. 2021 Maybe for a foreigner the best villa could be room 202, which is higher and has a full sea view. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 30 July 2021 President Biden on Wednesday issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against any foreigner engaged in illicit drug trafficking or production. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 17 Dec. 2021 Eating the very best thieboudienne struck me as a foreigner’s rite of passage, then, from outsider looking in to an individual participating within the group. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 He's also filed for humanitarian parole, a temporary legal status to bring a foreigner into the U.S. for emergency reasons, for his sons, brother, and mother, who had stopped her cancer treatment in India to return to Afghanistan. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 31 Oct. 2021 But the current owner (Cary Elwes) isn't keen on handing over his property to a foreigner. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 Where the foreigner sees the boys as perfectly emblematic of Afghan hardship for his National Geographic-style feature, Hewad sees in his lens an invitation to celebrity. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 Until recently, being a foreigner, especially American, provided a certain degree of protection from violence since criminals didn’t want to get on the wrong side of the U.S. Ingrid Arnesen, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of foreigner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2022

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“Foreigner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of foreigner

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


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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