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


nonnative, outlander, outsider, stranger



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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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Trump’s inauguration, which raised a record $100 million, was attended by an unusually large number of prominent foreign business leaders, particularly Russian moguls, but foreigners are barred from contributing to the event. Spencer S. Hsu, The Seattle Times, "Political consultant Patten sentenced to probation after steering Ukrainian money to Trump inaugural," 12 Apr. 2019 Ninety seven foreigners, including expert cave divers, engineers, rescue experts and military personnel took part. Robyn Dixon,, "Tears flow as Thai boys and parents see each other for first time since cave rescue," 11 July 2018 But there are three reasons to worry: a lack of innovation in local firms, a coming demographic squeeze and an over-dependence on foreigners, especially German ones, to drive development. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 Rahimi said the 14 foreigners included one Kazakhstan national, nine Ukrainians and one Greek national. CBS News, "Kabul Intercontinental Hotel attack leaves at least 19 dead," 21 Jan. 2018 Nearly 60 years ago, new princess Grace Kelly was still a foreigner in the eyes of Monaco's public. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Albert of Monaco Follows in Grace Kelly's Footsteps to Play Santa for a Day," 21 Dec. 2018 Willie Morris said Schlossberg bumped into him on the sidewalk and accused him of being a foreigner. Eric Levenson, CNN, "New York attorney in racist rant has history of confrontations," 17 May 2018 The foreigners playing catch-up have reputation on their side, said Qian Xu, head of consulting firm AlixPartners’ automotive practice in China. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China ‘Is the Only One in the Race’ to Make Electric Buses, Taxis and Trucks," 3 Dec. 2018 As for AliExpress, which is aimed more at foreigners, the province information is often not shown. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best deals from Alibaba’s Singles Day," 10 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of foreigner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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